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Women in music and cinema

November 25, 2013
Why is it that Jane Campion is the only woman to have won a Golden Palm – for her film "The Piano Lesson" in 1993 – since the creation of the Cannes Film Festival in 1945? Why are only 3% of the concerts scheduled at French theaters and opera houses in the 2013-2014 season directed by women? The study titled “Women in music and cinema in Europe,” published in November 2013, provides some answers.

Promoting women's role in music and cinema in Europe contributes to create value in promoting social and economic cohesion and stimulating growth and competitiveness.

Vivendi therefore proposed a partnership with Laboratoire de l'Egalité ("Equality Lab"), a French organization working to achieve greater gender equality. The partnership aims to promote cooperation between Laboratoire's network of researchers and members and Vivendi's network of professionals. This includes managers and colleagues of Universal Music and Canal+ Group as well as artists and other actors from the value chain in the cultural and creative industries.

Joining together Vivendi's and Laboratoire's expertise, the partnership focuses on three objectives:

  • ➜  solicit opinions and suggestions from artists regarding ways to promote gender equality in the cultural sector;
  • ➜  raise awareness about this societal issue among the various stakeholders;
  • ➜  present decision-makers with pathways for concrete action based on the results of the study "Women in music and cinema in Europe".

The study begins by providing some data on current gender inequalities in the cultural sector and then leaves the floor to the artists interviewed. German filmmaker Carole Link, Aix-en-Provence international opera festival director Bernard Foccroulle, British producer Robyn Slovo, French singer-songwriter Juliette,  Romanian-French filmmaker Radu Mihaileanu and Portuguese singer Cristina Branco are a few of the male and female artists and sector professionals who contributed to the study.

The opinions gathered and analyzed by Caroline Ibos, researcher at the University of Haute Bretagne, reveal an awareness of the obstacles a woman can run up against in her artistic career. These include persistent stereotypes, low representation in senior positions and arts programming, and a lack of female role models. But study contributors also had ideas for remedying this state of affairs: gender-based statistical data, ambitious educational programs, employment equity policies, and better exposure of women in music creation and filmmaking.

Read the full study

Post 2015

Irina Bokova, Director-General of Unesco

November 12, 2013

On November 12, 2013, the General Conference of Unesco, which brings together 195 Member Countries and nine Associate Members, confirmed the vote of the Executive Board reappointing Irina Bokova as Unesco's Director-General for a term of four years.

By the numbers

The cinema and audiovisual media industry in France: €16.2 billion and 340,000 jobs

December 4, 2013

The results of a study commissioned from BIPE by the Centre National du Cinéma (French National Center for Cinema or CNC) show the economic value of the sectors supported by the CNC (cinema, audiovisual media, video games and video) in the French gross domestic product and how they compare to other sectors of the economy.

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