Diversity, Equality and Artistic Freedom

For performers, considerations regarding diversity, equality and artistic freedom have a very particular resonance: on the one hand, cultural production has a specific role in promoting diversity and equality, as well as plurality of thought and opinion. These values are fundamental in democratic society and culture is a vital medium for upholding them and exploring them and may also, at times, offer an important critical eye and voice. The work of performers is at the heart of this sector. It is often they who hold up a mirror to our societies. On the other hand, performers are also affected by inequalities in their working lives: women performers tend to have shorter careers and earn less than men; performers from minorities in a given society may find themselves type cast or unable to progress in their careers. These and a host of other challenges arising from inequalities can make the working lives of performers unsustainable. Furthermore, where their work challenges and questions religious or political norms, they may run the gauntlet of censorship, suppression or persecution.

 FIA has sought to better document and understand the challenges that performers face and to call for change. It continues to be a voice advocating for equal opportunities in the arts, as well as for a balanced representation of men and women on stage and screen, free of stereotyping and sexualisation. FIA condemns any infringement of the rights of performers or restriction of their opportunities to pursue careers and to participate in the cultural activity of nations; and affirms that all performers must have full and equal access to all the professional and social advantages obtained by the workers in the sectors in which they are active.