Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, today presented the plan to combat gender and sexual violence and harassment (GBV) in the live performance, in line with its commitment made last January.

The Ministry of Culture has put in place strong measures, from 2017 onwards, to carry out this essential battle within the departments and establishments of the Ministry, of which the national performing arts institutions : awareness-raising, training, prevention and setting up a listening cell to facilitate reporting and their treatment.

For structures outside the Ministry, conditionality of grant payments, already experienced by the Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animé (CNC), has been deployed by the Centre National de la Musique (CNM) from 1er january 2021.

In January 2021, the Minister announced the expansion of the plan to address gender and sexual violence and harassment, in three priority sectors (performing arts, books and visual arts).

As of January 2022, this extension will translate, for the live show, by the generalization the conditionality of grant payments to all subsidised structures.

To be supported by the ministry, they must respect the five following commitments :

  1. Comply with the obligations of the Labour Code in preventing harassment and sexual violence.
  2. Create an effective internal reporting system and process each report received.
  3. Train from 2022 the management, the supervisors, the HRD and the designated persons in charge of the collection of speech and the management of VHSS situations.
  4. Formally sensitize teams and organise risk prevention.
  5. Initiate monitoring and evaluation of HSV control actions.

These five commitments will be incorporated into all multi-year agreements for objectives, and will form part of the prerequisites for all applications for departmental calls for tender.

Developed in conjunction with all stakeholders in the sector, this plan aims to protect all staff structures of the performing arts, supported by the Ministry of Culture, whether it is permanent or not.

It marks an important milestone for the Ministry, which has made the fight against gender-based and sexual violence and harassment a priority of its action.

The next step will be the Interdepartmental Equality Committee to present plans in the visual arts and book sectors, next January.