The Ministry of Culture (DRAC Bretagne) has signed an agreement with the city of Rennes and Rennes Métropole to advance gender equality in the artistic and cultural fields

Signed on 15 November 2022 on the occasion of a training session dedicated to the prevention of gender-based and sexual violence bringing together, in two sessions, nearly 200 artists and cultural actors from the territory of the city and metropolis of Rennes, the convention is structured around the following four pillars:

  • Promoting a culture of equality
  • Achieving professional equality
  • Addressing gender and sexual violence
  • Implement appropriate governance

The scope of this convention covers all the actors and cultural structures of the territory including schools of higher education but also festivals and fairs.

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            Benoit Careil for the city of Rennes, Isabelle Chardonnier for the DRAC Bretagne and Tristan Lahais for Rennes Métropole have signed the convention © DRAC Bretagne

The shared objective of the signatory parties is to advance gender equality in the field of arts and culture.

Capitalizing on obtained in 2017 and the renewal in 2022 du double label Equality and Diversity delivered by AFNOR, which is strongly committed to proactive policies in favour of these priority societal issues, the Ministry of Culture has roadmap which aims to promote a process of equality within the Ministry, but also in all the cultural policies it conducts. The fight against gender and sexual violence and harassment in the cultural sector falls under the same guidelines.
A decentralized service of the Ministry of Culture in the regions, the DRAC Bretagne is implementing this roadmap on the regional territory in consultation with local authorities.

The DRAC has thus contributed to associate cultural higher education institutions to the regional and academic convention 2021-2024 for equality between men and women in the education system in Brittany signed between the Prefect of Region, the Rector of the Académie de Bretagne and 12 Breton communities, including the city of Rennes. It is now working to develop partnerships with local and regional authorities so that the shared and ambitious goal of achieving equality between men and women is better implemented in cultural policies and by actors in the sector.

The City of Rennes is also pursuing a proactive policy to promote real equality between women and men, since the first “Rennes Ville accessible” charter in 1989, the creation of a “women’s rights mission” in 1995, the signing of the European Charter for the Equality of Women and Men in Local Life in 2006 and the implementation of a municipal action plan for gender equality since 2013. The City of Rennes is also the first European administration to receive the "professional equality" label issued by AFNOR in 2008, renewed since and expanded to the metropolis in 2014. Within this framework, an equal opportunities action plan is renewed every three years.

In addition, the City of Rennes' Territorial Strategy for Security and Prevention of Delinquency contains a specific axis aimed at "Improve the management of victims, especially victims of gender-based and sexual violence, and promote access to the law."

Since 2015, the City of Rennes, Rennes Métropole and the Centre communal d'action sociale have also presented a report on the implementation of their commitments to gender equality. To date, five reports have been submitted to City Council and Metropolitan Council.             

This Gender Equality in Culture Convention, signed between the State and local and regional authorities is a first and many communities also carry, decline and promote this policy.