SouthMed WiA: promoting women in the Southern-Mediterranean audiovisual sector

CUMEDIAE, as part of a consortium led by Interarts in Spain, contributes to promote gender equality in the broadcasting and cinema sectors in the South-Mediterranean countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. The initiative is funded by the European Commission and was laSouthMed Wia, promoting woman in the southern-mediterranean audiovisual sectorunched in February 2017 under the title: “Towards greater gender equality: promoting the role and image of women in the southern Mediterranean audiovisual sector – SouthMed WiA”.

The action will address weaknesses and issues related to the under-representation of women in the film sector, both on the screen and behind the camera, such as the perpetuation of stereotypes relating to the image of women in the Arab societies. The ultimate goal is to influence cultural attitudes and public opinion.

During a period of 30 months there will be two open calls that will support, on a sub-granting basis, six to eight projects seeking to achieve the above-mentioned goals. The beneficiaries, particularly women, will be offered training opportunities to develop their professional capacities and the possibility to take part in relevant events to foster networking at both national and regional levels.

Moreover, the project beneficiaries will be given the possibility to take part in an international network of relevant stakeholders. This will also enhance their opportunities by establishing contact with European relevant operators, organizations, funding agencies, producers,etc. At the same time, a regional network for Southern Mediterranean female film professionals will be created in order to guarantee future stability.

Funding programme: MEDFILM – Europeaid/European Commission

Consortium partners: Interarts (Project leader, Spain), COPEAM (Italy), CUMEDIAE-Culture & Media Agency Europe aisbl (Belgium), ESAC-École Supérieure de l’Audiovisuel et du Cinéma de Gammarth (Tunisia), SIB- Screen Institute Beirut Association (Lebanon) and the European Women’s Audiovisual Network (associated partner).

Project deliverables:

Together with the team behind the project, CUMEDIAE has carried out an extensive research and published an unprecedented handbook under the title “Gender-related Opportunities in the Audiovisual Sector”. For the first time ever, in Arabic and in English, a book puts together relevant information about gender equality opportunities in the audiovisual sector in the South Mediterranean, in different areas such as production, funding, exchange and networking, knowledge building and selected public initiatives. Click here for the downloadable version of the Handbook in PDF format.