The Society of audiovisual Authors launches a working Group on Diversity and Equality

The mission of the Working Group is to look in depth at the diversity and equality issue in the cultural and audiovisual sectors, as well as on the role CMOs can play in collecting and analysing data, producing surveys reflecting the diversity of its membership, raising awareness and campaigning.

Agenda 25 March 2021

11:00-11:45 Awareness raising session with guest speakers from the audiovisual sector.

Welcoming remarks from Fabia Buenaventura, Chair of the Working Group opens the meeting.

This part of the meeting aims to raise awareness about diversity and equality from within the cultural and audiovisual sectors. The session aims to be inspirational and bring added value to the mission of the Working Group.

The European Audiovisual Observatory

Sophie Valais, Senior legal analyst, will introduce the Observatory and its overall work on gender equality and diversity.
Patrizia Simone, Film and TV Analyst, will present the Observatory’s work specifically on gender equality data collection.

The European Audiovisual Observatory is part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. It is a public service organisation created in 1992 to collect and distribute information about the audiovisual industries in Europe. The Observatory provides information on the various audiovisual markets in Europe and their financing. It also analyses and reports on the legal issues affecting the different sectors of the industry. In 2020 the Observatory organised a workshop on diversity and inclusion.

The European Women’s Audiovisual Network

Alessia Sonaglioni, Executive Director, will present the EWA Network and how it can support female authors and professionals on national and European level.

EWA Network was established in 2013 and is a supportive community for women audiovisual professionals across Europe, organising activities for members which boost their careers and put them into a new spotlight, being present at important industry events and advocating for more gender equality measures in the European film industry.