October 7th, 2021
Gender Equality Thursdays II: Addressing Bias and combatting stereotypes
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Gender Equality Thursdays II

7 October 2021 @ 14:00 CET

Live Performance Sector”, the European social partners – PEARLE*, FIA, FIM and UNI MEI – are organising a series of four one-and-a-half-hour virtual workshops covering different dimensions of gender equality in the sector.

 

The second webinar explores the challenge of Addressing Bias and Combatting Stereotypes and will take place on 7 October 21 at 2pm. 

 

The power of live performance has always been the way it holds a mirror up to society and how that mirror can educate and enlighten us by reflecting the world as it is – or how we would like it to be. The Live Performance could be instrumental in radically changing the way Europeans perceive gender equality. Today, the representation of women in all their diversity remains an issue in the sector, and gender identity and roles are often portrayed in stereotypical ways. How can we ensure a better representation of all women on and off stage? How can we foster a fair and accurate portrayal of women and men, free of stereotypes and sexualisation? How can we overcome gender roles at work, and encourage women and men to explore other career paths?

We will be joined by keynote speaker Nike Ayinla to explore the power of Inclusive Theatre, as well as a panel of expert speakers to explore this challenge.

 

A full programme with the speaker line-up as well as registration details will be available in the coming weeks.

Read more about the project here.

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‘Gender Equality Thursdays’

Perspectives from across the Live Performance Sector

Gender equality is a core principle of the European Union, but it is not yet a reality”.

This statement by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at the launch of the EU Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025 has a strong resonance in the Live Performance sector. Like in most parts of society, gender equality is still a distant reality on the European stage, and off stage.

As part of the joint EU funded project “Gender Equality on and off the Stage: A Mapping Project of the European Live Performance Sector”, the European social partners – PEARLE*, E AEA (composed of FIA, FIM and UNI MEI) – are organising a series of four one-and-a-half-hour virtual workshops covering different dimensions of gender equality in the sector.

The objective of this series of workshops is to share good practice and reflect on the issues identified as priorities to improve gender equality in the Live Performance sector. The outcomes from the joint discussions between employers and unions will feed into the final project handbook and help define the future work of the European social partners.

 

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