wtfatabbeyI celebrate the effort and impact of Waking the Feminists and support the message of the meeting on November the 12th. I feel we have to hold on very tightly to this ground swell and push it forward with all our might. We all know there is nothing new in what was said and nothing new in the demands or the reasoning. What is new is this wave of energy and this wide spread support. For years Internationally women in our industry have spoken out against the appaling bias against women, now, there is a chance to get some real change in this little country of ours.

WFTV Ireland of which I was a member for many years and served as chairperson have raised their voices on many of these issues and held many excellent seminars as well as promoting women’s work.

The International Federation of Actors (FIA) is a global federation of performers’ trade unions, guilds and professional associations. Founded in 1952, it represents several hundreds of thousands of performers with some 90 member organisations in more than 60 countries around the world. Irish Equity have played an important role in the development of FIA in particular on Gender Equality.

Combating discrimination and promoting equality remains a core concern of FIA.  This work is guided by the Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities Charter adopted by the Federation in 2010. It is clear that women performers face a range of obstacles and challenges that impact significantly on their working conditions and careers. A wide body of research, including surveys carried out by the Federation and its member unions, testify to this fact. Women performers face shorter careers, lower wages and a narrower choice of work. The question of the portrayal of gender and the representation of the experience of both men and women is also an important one. Full and equal opportunities are of benefit to all performers. Finding solutions for common challenges related to social protection, work-life balance, childcare and sexual harassment are key for both men and women performers who wish to earn a living from their craft.

(Handbook of Good Practices to Combat Gender Stereotypes and Promote Equal Opportunities in Film, Television and Theatre in Europe)

In 2009 & 2010 I sat on a committee that after many meetings and research for hard data produced The FIA “handbook of Good Practices to Combat Gender Stereotypes and Promote Equal Opportunities in Film, Television and Theatre in Europe” is now available in English, French and Spanish. This report is a product of FIA’s year long project on this issue, which was financially supported by the European Commission.The FIA project “Engendering Change” was structured around a series of 5 regional seminars and a final conference. The aim of these events was exchange and mutual learning; and the identification and sharing of good practice in this area. The focus was on coming up with strategies both at the level of performers’ unions themselves and at the level of political advocacy at national and EU level.These strategies, examples and good practices have been brought together by project consultant Richard Polacek in the present Handbook. It is a practical tool, intended to empower and support performers’ unions to undertake action on this issue. Equally it can serve as a blueprint providing examples of possible effective political action that decision-makers can pursue. It also highlights ways in which the industry can work from within to change gender portrayal and do away with stereotyping.

The good practices identified in course of the project are set out under the following headings:

  • Setting qualitative and quantitative targets
  • Ensuring gender equality in management and promoting gender sensitive management
  • Rethinking professional training for stage and screen
  • Challenging gender representation on stage and screen
  • Mainstreaming gender equality in film, TV and theatre
  • Creating networks to provoke a change
  • Monitoring gender equality and gender stereotypes
  • Raising awareness about gender equality and gender stereotypes

The Handbook also contains dedicated introductory sections dealing with the applicable EU legislative framework and the diversity of national rules.

You can read more about the project and the events it comprised in the  project section of the FIA website.

                              ________________________________

Gender Equality is a fundamental right and key principle of the European Union; and one which improves employment opportunities within the sector and helps us to deliver content of quality and diversity.

In October 2011, the European social partners in the audiovisual sector adopted a Framework of Actions (FoA) on Gender Equality in the sector. This executive summary (available for download from the FIA web site ) has been written to introduce the FoA and show how it can help social partner organisations in the audiovisual sector across the EU to develop their practices with a view to enhancing gender equality.

http://fia-actors.com

I celebrate the effort and impact of Waking the Feminists and support the message of the meeting on November the 12th. I feel we have to hold on very tightly to this ground swell and push it forward with all our might. We all know there is nothing new in what was said and nothing new in the demands or the reasoning. What is new is this wave of energy and this wide spread support. For years Internationally women in our industry have spoken out against the appaling bias against women, now, there is a chance to get some real change in this little country of ours.

WFTV Ireland of which I was a member for many years and served as chairperson have raised their voices on many of these issues and held many excellent seminars as well as promoting women’s work.

The International Federation of Actors (FIA) is a global federation of performers’ trade unions, guilds and professional associations. Founded in 1952, it represents several hundreds of thousands of performers with some 90 member organisations in more than 60 countries around the world. Irish Equity have played an important role in the development of FIA in particular on Gender Equality.

Combating discrimination and promoting equality remains a core concern of FIA.  This work is guided by the Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities Charter adopted by the Federation in 2010. It is clear that women performers face a range of obstacles and challenges that impact significantly on their working conditions and careers. A wide body of research, including surveys carried out by the Federation and its member unions, testify to this fact. Women performers face shorter careers, lower wages and a narrower choice of work. The question of the portrayal of gender and the representation of the experience of both men and women is also an important one. Full and equal opportunities are of benefit to all performers. Finding solutions for common challenges related to social protection, work-life balance, childcare and sexual harassment are key for both men and women performers who wish to earn a living from their craft.

(Handbook of Good Practices to Combat Gender Stereotypes and Promote Equal Opportunities in Film, Television and Theatre in Europe)

In 2009 & 2010 I sat on a committee that after many meetings and research for hard data produced The FIA “handbook of Good Practices to Combat Gender Stereotypes and Promote Equal Opportunities in Film, Television and Theatre in Europe” is now available in English, French and Spanish. This report is a product of FIA’s year long project on this issue, which was financially supported by the European Commission.The FIA project “Engendering Change” was structured around a series of 5 regional seminars and a final conference. The aim of these events was exchange and mutual learning; and the identification and sharing of good practice in this area. The focus was on coming up with strategies both at the level of performers’ unions themselves and at the level of political advocacy at national and EU level.These strategies, examples and good practices have been brought together by project consultant Richard Polacek in the present Handbook. It is a practical tool, intended to empower and support performers’ unions to undertake action on this issue. Equally it can serve as a blueprint providing examples of possible effective political action that decision-makers can pursue. It also highlights ways in which the industry can work from within to change gender portrayal and do away with stereotyping.

The good practices identified in course of the project are set out under the following headings:

  • Setting qualitative and quantitative targets
  • Ensuring gender equality in management and promoting gender sensitive management
  • Rethinking professional training for stage and screen
  • Challenging gender representation on stage and screen
  • Mainstreaming gender equality in film, TV and theatre
  • Creating networks to provoke a change
  • Monitoring gender equality and gender stereotypes
  • Raising awareness about gender equality and gender stereotypes

The Handbook also contains dedicated introductory sections dealing with the applicable EU legislative framework and the diversity of national rules.

You can read more about the project and the events it comprised in the  project section of the FIA website.

                              ________________________________

Gender Equality is a fundamental right and key principle of the European Union; and one which improves employment opportunities within the sector and helps us to deliver content of quality and diversity.

In October 2011, the European social partners in the audiovisual sector adopted a Framework of Actions (FoA) on Gender Equality in the sector. This executive summary (available for download from the FIA web site ) has been written to introduce the FoA and show how it can help social partner organisations in the audiovisual sector across the EU to develop their practices with a view to enhancing gender equality.

http://fia-actors.com

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