The Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, and the Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister responsible for Equality between Women and Men, Diversity and Equal Opportunities, Elisabeth Moreno, received on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, the report of MP Céline Calvez on the place of women in the media in times of crisis.

The work carried out by Céline Calvez within the framework of the mission entrusted to her by the Prime Minister makes it possible to draw up an inventory of the representation of women in the audiovisual and print media. The major role played by these media with the French at the height of the health crisis has highlighted a number of shortcomings in the place occupied by women. Analysing the causes of these imbalances, Céline Calvez’s report formulates 26 recommendations aimed at strengthening equality between women and men in the media.

In particular, the report calls for greater use of quantified indicators to measure the presence of women on antennas and in publications, as well as in media companies. Enriched and better consolidated, these indicators could be better taken into account. It also envisages the deployment of certain tools that could be used by actors in the sector, with the support of public authorities, to promote good practices and advance the representation of women.

Ms Bachelot-Narquin and Ms Moreno praised the quality of the work done by Céline Calvez. They will be attentive to the follow-up to the proposals it contains and have reaffirmed their shared desire to advance gender equality, a major cause of the quinquennium that mobilizes the whole Government.

Céline Calvez’s work is rich in teachings. Based on a numerical diagnosis and intensive exchanges with a wide variety of media stakeholders, it provides an in-depth assessment of the current situation. I hope that all the stakeholders will be able to seize and debate the paths of evolution that it sets out. On these questions, the time is no longer only to note. We must move forward together to achieve concrete results,” said Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin.

Equality between women and men is a major cause of the five-year period and is one of the Government’s priorities. Because they play a major role in providing information, the media must be exemplary in this regard in order to better reflect our society. The fight against inequalities in representation therefore requires an analysis of women’s presence and speaking time. This ambition takes on an even more particular significance in times of crisis. Céline Calvez’s report is valuable for this purpose and I hope that it will help advance parity,” stressed Elisabeth Moreno.