Madam Member,

Presidents,

Ladies and gentlemen Directors,

Ladies and gentlemen,

I am very pleased to be here with you today on this new equality committee. I want to thank each and every one of you for your participation in these exchanges, which you will enrich with your varied experiences and perspectives. 

At a time when we are all very strongly mobilized to face the terrible effects of the health crisis on the cultural world, It is essential to continue to work with determination and effectiveness to advance the other essential battles we have to fight over the long term.

Equality between women and men, the fight against discrimination, violence and sexual and gender-based harassment are of course top priorities.

A great cause of the five-year period, equality between women and men is at the heart of the Ministry of Culture, which was the first to set up a committee dedicated to this issue.

As you know, since I have already expressed it, I am particularly attentive to this fundamental requirement. And we know, despite the progress that has been made in recent years, which I want to commend, that the world of culture is still far too often the setting for unacceptable situations.

The inequalities and violence faced by women are now widely known, observed and analysed.

I would also like to commend the courage of all those who dare to speak out in public against the abuses of which they were or are victims.

If it is not for public opinion to judge a particular individual situation, to point out the culprits, these statements are necessary because they highlight the structural mechanisms that made them possible. They contribute, in complementarity with the statistical data we have, to giving us the weapons to act in an appropriate and effective way to protect and give the same opportunities to all our fellow citizens.

Faced with this reality that it is no longer possible to ignore, we cannot back down!

We must give ourselves the means to act so that equality is no longer just a shared objective, so that it is translated into action, in each of the cultural sectors, in a near and realistic time horizon.

This movement is underway. This committee is one of the concrete signs. Since its last meeting, which took place more than a year ago because of the exceptional situation we are facing, many advances have been made.

We owe these advances to the mobilization of public institutions, all their partners and associative actors. We owe it to the involvement of each and every one of you who participate in this departmental committee.

These advances accompany a fundamental movement that concerns all professional sectors, which affects French society in all its components. These developments, this revolution, provoke a passionate debate, often inflamed and even openly confrontational, opening the way to sometimes radical positions.

The world of culture is also at the epicentre of these debates, and it is therefore with special responsibility that we must work resolutely and constructively, in a lucid and calm state of mind.

As I said, many achievements can already be put to our credit.

It is quite impossible for me to give an exhaustive summary in a few words, and the following interventions will provide a more complete picture of the initiatives implemented in each of the cultural sectors.

I am thinking in particular of the film and audiovisual sector, which is heavily involved in these issues.

The third Assembly for Equality, Parity and Diversity held a few weeks ago was an opportunity to take stock of this issue.

It presented the mechanisms born from the joint commitment of professionals and the CNC, and in particular the conditioning of the payment of aid to respect strict obligations in the prevention and detection of sexual and gender-based violence.

This is an extremely strong act that makes all stakeholders in the sector accountable and guarantees the implementation of concrete and effective means for the benefit of all.

I welcome the implementation of a similar approach for the music sector.

For the past few days, access to support from the National Music Centre has been conditional on compliance with a protocol for the prevention and treatment of situations of sexual and gender-based violence.

Drawn up in close consultation with the representatives of all the professionals concerned, this protocol provides for employers to train their permanent teams and all the stakeholders so that each and everyone can be able to identify, identify problem situations. An effective reporting system must be available so that each situation is addressed and responded to appropriately. The protection of alleged victims and potential witnesses must also be guaranteed.

The NJC’s action in favour of equality between women and men is not limited to the implementation of this protocol to combat situations of violence. It is based on a global approach, which aims to encourage the initiatives of those involved in the sector through specific aids whose amount is constantly increasing, as well as an observation component.

Thus, we will soon know the results of the study on the place of women in festivals, in all musical fields. Festivals are a particularly interesting field of study, which should provide rich lessons as these events play a driving role in the promotion of talent and the professional trajectories of artists.

On the long road to equality, we can count on many initiatives from music professionals. To mention just one, among many projects and achievements, I will mention the great international competition of conductors, «La Maestra», organized by the Philharmonie de Paris and the Paris Mozart Orchestra. Given the very low representation of women in the profession, I hope that this competition can be sustained, because it is essential that women conductors experience a visibility equal to their talent.

Another area where we need to pay special attention is the media.

The report that MP Céline Calvez gave me last September on the role of women in the media in times of crisis provided an in-depth diagnosis of the situation in the press as well as in the audiovisual media, the lessons of which are wellbeyond periods of crisis alone. The recommendations in this parliamentary report inform our discussions with industry representatives, who share the desire to advance parity both among professionals in the sector and in the information content they produce and disseminate. Of the 26 recommendations in the report, 24 will be implemented with the support of the Minister for Equality between Women and Men, Elisabeth Moreno, in connection with the CFS and of course through the involvement of the media themselves. These recommendations will help to improve, structurally, the place of women in the media.

The strong commitment of the Ministry of Culture to equality between women and men and to the fight against violence and discrimination at work also implies that the Ministry itself must be an absolute example in this field.

The injunction is not enough.

The prevention and treatment of such facts and actions require a know-how, but above all a know-how. That is why it was imperative to better equip the professionals in my Department and strengthen their support.

I have just sent a set of “Reflex” cards to all my departments and public institutions, including schools. These fact sheets provide operational support to concretely support teams in the detection and reporting of facts, the conduct of administrative procedures and, where appropriate, criminal proceedings.

These fact sheets also remind us of the need to develop a culture of violence prevention, reporting and support for victims.

They highlight the importance of existing reporting channels within the Department, particularly the AlloDiscrim/AlloSexism listening cells.

But, in addition, it is essential that supervisors play their full role and exercise their responsibility. I therefore asked my administration to generalize and reaffirm the challenges of violence prevention and respect for equality in the letters of mission of the leaders as well as in the management dialogue tools established between my Ministry and its institutions public.

I attach particular importance to the fight against sexual and gender-based violence and harassment in schools, because this is where young people find themselves at a decisive stage in their career and life paths, and that the habits of work and life in society are formed.

The national institutions of higher education under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture are, I know, already engaged in this struggle which requires a long-term mobilization. They take action to respond concretely to situations of violence and sexual and gender-based harassment.

It is to support this movement that I hope that all the “reflex” cards I mentioned will be supplemented by a specific information system for school students. I hope that this “complementary kit” will be created by mid-February, and that its development will involve representatives of schools, so that it is adapted to the realities of the field.

In addition, I hope that national schools will be able to offer their students awareness-raising and training actions to combat sexual and gender-based violence and harassment. In order to translate this ambition quickly, the Ministry will support them financially.

Beyond cultural higher education institutions, which must be at the forefront of our action, we must ensure that all cultural actors in our territories are mobilized.

This is the meaning of the action plan for equality between women and men that the Ministry of Culture is developing with the federations of local authorities.

This action plan is designed within the framework of the Council of Territories for Culture, this essential body that makes it possible to link the action of the State with that of the communities, which is absolutely essential, in connection with the drac. The content of this action plan will be presented at a future CLC meeting.

It will define common priorities and the means that each will commit to put in place in order to deploy concrete actions in all cultural places, and in particular the cultural places of proximity that are libraries and media libraries, throughout France.

Finally, the surveys on the composition of teams within companies in the field of arts and culture show that the position of women is still unbalanced. The strategy of acceleration in the cultural and creative industries that the Ministry of Culture carries and which is endowed with 400 million euros financed by the fourth program of investments of future, offers us a unique opportunity to improve the place of women in the culture economy. This is a strong issue for which I felt it was essential to include, within this acceleration strategy, an axis that would bring parity, equality and diversity.

These are the structuring axes of the action of the Ministry of Culture in favor of equality, alongside all the institutional actors, associations, cultural professionals who propose concrete and effective solutions so that our country advances every day on the path of real equality.

We are all well aware here that we are not yet at the end of the road. But each achievement is a decisive step that brings us closer to the goal that mobilizes the whole Government: equality between women and men.

I will now give you the floor so that you can tell us about the actions implemented in each of the areas you represent. Thank you.