Declared a great national cause by the President of the Republic, equality between women and men is part of an ambitious government strategy. On the occasion of International Women’s Rights Day 2020, the new edition of the Observatory on Equality between Women and Men in Culture and Communication, which measures, since 2013, the share of women in the administration, cultural and media institutions and businesses.

Born of a desire to objectify the position of women in the professions, their access to the means of creation and artistic and cultural consecration, the Observatory, in its eighth edition, makes it possible to report on the progress made since the adoption, in 2014, the law for real equality between women and men, but also to measure inequalities and identify the obstacles that persist. For example, while women make up 60% of the student population in national higher education schools for the various arts and culture professions, they are still less easily integrated than men after graduation. Whether self-employed or salaried, they receive lower pay than men and access artistic consecration less often than them.

The prevalence of gender stereotypes, which are also conducive to the emergence and legitimization of sexual and gender-based violence and harassment, is reflected in statistical data.

Because the fight for equal rights requires knowledge of reality and recognition of discriminatory situations, this new edition of the Observatory marks an important event in the equality agenda, at the foundation of a more just society.

The momentum has been growing since 2017. Progress is constant on all the criteria measured in the administration and in all cultural and audiovisual structures. Over the past three years, nearly 44% of women have been appointed to executive positions within the Ministry and its network.    

According to Franck Riester, The objectification of inequalities between women and men made possible by the Observatory, an indispensable statistical tool, makes it possible to get away from approximations and denial, so comfortable: revealing the reality of the figures is the first step towards real equality, in all sectors of culture and communication. Progress is emerging: it is still insufficient, but it reflects my unwavering desire to achieve parity.”