Women in the Media Business – Where Are You?

     |    Friday, der 2. July 2010

At a meeting Santiago de Compostela, a group of European women filmmakers published a resolution demanding that more women be employed in the audiovisual sector. On realeyz.tv, approximately 40% of the movies were made by women.  A comparatively good average.   And here is the:

“THE CARTA COMPOSTELA”

We the professional women of the audiovisual sector of the European Union, assembled in “Santiago de Compostela”, after an intensive debate of three days’, reflection and exchange of experiences and facts, come to the following conclusions: The very low presence of women in decisive jobs in European audiovisual,

is unjust, because it leaves an important part of the European population voiceless. It wastes a potential of talent and industry both behind and in front of

the camera, and it seriously affects the audiovisual media contents which generate our image of the world.

This situation negatively affects the diversity and cultural pluralism of the democratic system we all want.

To resolve this serious imbalance we will :

Establish a commission that will take responsibility for the creation of a European Network for Women in Audiovisual. The matrix of this network will

constitute a digital platform that will be used to:

a. contain a database of all the professionals in the sector.

b. exchange information, experiences and projects.

c. create an employment exchange.

d. forge and consolidate an industrial market.

At the same time, this network will conciliate when and wherever the production, distribution and exhibition of products of female authorship is being considered . Moreover, we consider the following measures essential and urgent:

1. The creation of a Committee of Experts by the European Union Commission which will report on European audiovisuals from the perspective of gender, analysed both quantatively and qualitatively.Included will be statistical evidence of gender differences in

all categories of the audiovisual sector.

2. To include measures of positive action with regard to concessions offered by the European Union programmes MEDIA and EURIMAGES,

complying with the demands of Article 3.2 of the Constitutional Treaty of the European Union and Article 23 of the Document of Basic Human

Rights.

3. To propose to the directors of all the public television networks of member states of the European Union to agree in a formal and public

document to achieving the equal participation of men and women in positions of leadership within a maximum period of five years and to support media content which contributes towards making gender equality an essential social principle.

4. To establish, within the framework of the European Union, a vocational training programme for employment, which has as its goal the professional qualification of women, placing special attention on new technologies, which we consider an emerging sector of great potential in audiovisuals.

5. To make visible, to recover and to spread the work of women within the audiovisual sector, to which end we request the agreement of governments to adequately fund the university departments dedicated to study in this field.

We call on all the people involved with the content of this document to meet again in two years’ time to evaluate the achievements and still unresolved challenges whilst using in the meantime, the Network for Women in Audiovisuals as an instrument of follow-up and continuous evaluation.

This document will be sent to the responsible authorities for the implementation of the measures agreed within it. It will be broadcast in the

media and will be put forward to all the cultural and artistic associations of the audiovisual sector for signing so that it will become the founding

document of the political and social action of all women and men who want a more honest, pluralistic and democratic cinema and television.

Santiago de Compostela

Author:Cima

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