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03.09.2015

Council of Europe: A Renewed Commitment to Improving Equality in the European Audiovisual Industry

At the high-level conference “Women in today’s film industry: gender issues. Can we do better?" held in Sarajevo on August 14th, a declaration was adopted that calls for policies to counter the gender imbalance in the European audio-visual industry.

The conference was organized by the ministries of Civil Affairs, Foreign Affairs and Sarajevo Film Festival in the framework of Bosnia and Herzegovina's Chairmanship of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, and was attended by representatives from ministries of culture and film funds from across Europe. Adil Osmanović, Minister of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina opened the Conference. Throughout the day, a number of expert speakers from organisations including national film funds and the EWA network shared case studies and examples of best practice from their respective countries.

At the end of the conference, a declaration was adopted, which emphasizes that "a true democracy must make full use of the skills, talents and creativity of women and men alike", and calls on the Council of Europe to encourage its member states to implement policies to reduce gender imbalance in the European audio-visual industry.

It also proposes that a number of activities be carried out through the Council of Europe Eurimages film fund, including to:

  • encourage member states to produce gender-based statistics and analyse the causes of the marginalisation of women;
  • encourage member states to adopt equality policies aimed at improving the access to public funding for women;
  • develop measures for improving gender balance in decision-making posts in the industry;
  • enhance the visibility of female filmmakers;
  • raise awareness through conferences, publishing studies collecting and disseminating examples of best practice;
  • encourage film-makers to be more sensitive to on-screen female representation

You can find read the full text of the declaration on the Sarajevo Film Festival website