Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, chaired this Wednesday, April 3, the ministerial committee for equality between women and men in culture and communication, in the presence of many personalities from these sectors.
The Ministry of Culture, the first ministry to have a ministerial committee for equality between women and men, has made this fight a strong marker of its action, in order to promote greater equity in all its structures and cultural fields.
Since the last committee meeting on February 7, 2018, significant progress has been made, including: the increase in the share of women in certain executive positions, particularly in the regional cultural affairs directorates (33% are Directors and 45% Assistant Directors, compared to 24% and 36% respectively in 2017); AFNOR awarded the Diversity label to 17 institutions under supervision, among which 8 also have the Equality label; the signing by 38 schools of higher education culture of an ethical charter; or the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding Equality in November 2018 with all trade union organizations of the Ministry of Culture. In September 2018, at the Assises de l'égalité dans le cinéma, the Ministry of Culture also committed itself to integrate equality measures, establish gender data, ensure parity in commissions and juries, give a bonus to films that respect parity in their teams. Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, would like to commend these major advances that are part of the “great cause of the five-year term” of equality between women and men
The Ministry of Culture extends and deepens this commitment through the roadmap Egalité 2019-2022 which is committed to engage new projects, in order to combat sexist stereotypes and advance the place of women, among which:
- In the field of image education, through the representation of women and the deconstruction of stereotypes, in connection with school publishers, children’s literature authors, the advertising sector, the CSA and the associations concerned;
- In the field of heritage, by experimenting in voluntary museums of gender-based reading in permanent collections and temporary exhibitions, and by opening a «Matrimoine» database where works by women or by workshops including women will be referenced;
- In the field of artistic creationby increasing the presence of women at the head of cultural institutions and in their programming, through the establishment of quantitative targets for progress;
- In the field of media, with the recent signing in the Ministry of Charter Culture For women in the media to encourage more and more public broadcasters to combat gender-based violence and sexual harassment and to address all aspects of inequality, with the first edition, in April, of the Estates General for Women Journalists, at the initiative of the association Let’s take the front page! and with the background work undertaken with the Conference of Journalism Schools on these subjects;
- In the numeric field, in conjunction with the CNC and video game professionals, by encouraging companies and schools in the sector to make specific commitments to equality in their teams and to raise awareness of the content of the games themselves; and on the Internet, by remedying obstacles to the expression and referencing of women videographers, as well as by paying special attention to video music.
Finally, Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, strongly expressed his desire to act jointly with the local authorities: Gender equality in culture is a major political issue that we must share. I hope that the associations of elected officials will agree to commit themselves to me for the development of common guiding principles, which will ensure that in all places of our territory, in metropolis and overseas, women access, the means of creation and production. »