European audiovisual sector committed to enhancing gender equality and diversity

Saturday 20 January 2018

In January 2018, EURO-MEI, together with its sister union federations FIA (International Federation of Actors), FIM (International Federation of Musicians) and EFJ (European Federation of Journalists) and the European employer’s organisations in the audiovisual sector (EBU, ACT, AER, FIAPF and CEPI) kicked off a new two year project on gender equality and diversity.

The aim of this project is to monitor how the Framework of Actions on Gender Equality in the Audiovisual sector (FoA) is currently implemented in the EU Audiovisual sector, and how it can be reviewed and possibly adapted to ensure its sustained relevance and impact. The FoA was approved and adopted by the EU Audiovisual Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee (AV SDC) back in 2011. In this document, European social partners put forward joint considerations and recommendations for actions of their affiliates to enhance gender equality in five key areas: gender portrayal, equality of pay, equality in decision making, gender roles in the work-place, and the reconciliation of work and private life.

During the project period, social partners will also explore sector initiatives fighting discrimination and promoting diversity related to 5 grounds (sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity and nationality, religious belief) and formulate recommendations for further engagement of social partners in this field.

One of the main expected outcomes of this project will be a handbook on good practices for the promotion of gender equality and diversity in the European audiovisual sector. The handbook aims to inspire trade unions, employers and other relevant stakeholders to promote gender equality and diversity in their company or in their national audiovisual sector.

The project will be run in 2018 and 2019 and will be carried out in close cooperation with all European social partners’ organisations in the sector.