Gender Equality Thursday N°3 | Combatting Sexual Harassment in the Live Performance Sector
October 28th | 2 pm – 4 pm CEST
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 sectoral social partners – namely PEARLE*, FIA, FIM and UNI MEI – are organising a series of four two-hour workshops covering different dimensions of gender equality in the Live Performance sector. This Gender Equality Thursdays series will run throughout the Autumn of 2021. The third webinar addresses sexual harassment in the live performance sector.
The high-profile revelations of sexual misconduct in the US in 2017 created a domino effect across the globe, within the entertainment industry, and far beyond. The #metoo movement was a global wake-up call, lifting the lid on an endemic culture of sexual harassment in the industry that had long gone unquestioned. How can we put a definitive end to this harassment culture, and bring about real change in our society and in our sector? How can we appropriately address sexual harassment and gender based violence in the workplace? What tools can we use to create a workplace that is free of discrimination, harassment and retaliation? The webinar will be moderated by project consultant Anne Boukris.
Keynote Address: Margherita Licata, International Labour Organisation
“Sexual Harassment in the Entertainment Industry: Legal and Policy Approaches”
Closing Debate with our Expert Panel
Karine Huet, SNAM, France
Tbc, Representative on behalf of FESAC - France
Paula Lejonkula, Project Leader on Inclusive Workplaces in the Performing Arts, Sweden
Christa Criel, Social Fund Performing Arts, Flanders
Niek Verlinden, oKo - Platform arts organisations, (BE) Flanders
Each of the panellists will join a short interactive breakout session with webinar participants to further discuss the challenges highlighted by the keynote speaker, to answer questions and to take stock of the different national situations.
Read more about the project here.
‘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.