European Survey

Early in 2020 we mapped the existing European situation in relation to women in the media, particular women in FILM MAKING and highlighted areas of good practice. This gave us a clearer picture of the current situation of women and their employment opportunities in the FILM MAKING sector of the creative industries throughout Europe.

Seven (7) professional Partner organisations from six (6) different European countries carried out a survey of the current state of play in the creative, film and television sectors. Respondents answered 31 questions on the following topics: access to information, access to networks, theoretical and practical training, and access to the labour market, glass ceiling, sexism, and reconciliation of private and professional life.

414 women (and several men) active in the audio-visual sector responded to a questionnaire that was available online for 6 weeks from January 2020. Respondents were between the ages of 18 and 50 and were beginners or professionals.

The analysis carried out showed that responders search for their information on international websites and social networks, but it seems that centralisation of information is necessary and that mentoring seems useful to meet their needs.

Survey Analysis

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The study set up by WOMED made it possible to verify that women face particular difficulties including:

  • Access to information.

  • Access to networks.

  • The transition from theoretical training (schools or universities) to practice.

  • Access to the labour market.

  • The feeling of not feeling legitimate (glass ceiling).

  • Forms of sexism in a still male professional world.

  • The difficulty of reconciling private and professional life in sectors of activity where the pace of work can be intense, irregular and require a great deal of travel.

  • The strong competition within these professions and sectors of activity "many conscripts but few elected officials".

We believe all women can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.