The European gender equality strategy is a policy, of set objectives, expected to contribute to the aim of Europe, on becoming a gender equality union, by the year 2025. The overall goal is for EU citizens, regardless of their gender or age, to be able to pursue their life paths on equal terms.
Gender-Based Imbalance in the Cultural and Creative Sector
Collected data from presidency conclusions on gender equality, regarding the cultural and creative sector, has mapped obstacles, that the field’s female professionals encounter, in terms to uneven treatment:
- Limited accessibility and resources in the field.
- Less financial compensation for their services.
- In addition, there are fewer opportunities in leadership or other influential positions.
- Finally, there have been incidents of sexual harassment, gender stereotypes, and sexism.
The aforementioned facts, prove the existence of gender gaps on the cultural and creative sector; and, how female gender is depreciated.
European Gender Equality Strategy: The Action Plan
In order to embrace cultural diversity, fostering gender equality is imperative. A societal change will occur, if we eliminate stereotypes, of this kind. The action plan, for achieving equity in the cultural and creative sector, was the following:
- Document the working conditions that female professionals come across.
- According to the gathered information, a group of experts, the Open Method of Coordination (OMC), reflected on the facts, and made suggestions that correspond to the challenges.
The OMC expert group, in their report, formulated the following recommendations:
- Extensive research on gender inequalities across Europe.
- Use of language that indicate gender sensitivity.
- Adapt the workplace conditions to terms that promote gender equity.
The Role of Creative Europe
The new Creative Europe programme attempts to counteract the incidents of gender disparities, in the cultural and creative sector; and, to empower female gender artists and professionals, by ensuring equal funding opportunities.
iED is an active advocate of the European gender equality strategy; and, contributing member in strong partnerships with a mission of restoring gender balance. If you would like to contribute to our mission, do not hesitate to contact our team.