On 27 October 2011, European social partners of the audiovisual sector adopted a Framework of Actions on Gender Equality.
This comprehensive Framework of Actions covers the topics of: gender portrayal; addressing gender roles at work; equal pay; equality in decision making; and the reconciliation of work and personal life.
The Framework of Action builds amongst others on the 2005 cross-industry social partners' Framework of Actions on Gender Equality, while acknowledging the audiovisual sector's specific responsibility with regard to the protection and promotion of fundamental freedoms and democracy across the Member States of the European Union. The social partners also carefully considered how to promote and respect both the fundamental rights of equality and non-discrimination on the one hand and of freedom of expression on the other.
The European social partners of the audiovisual sector commit to promoting the suggested actions and recommendations included in the Framework of Actions among their member organisations. After one year, the Working Group on Gender Equality will make a first assessment of the developments and progress made and will report to the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee that will decide on the required follow-up action.
The parties to the Framework of Actions are the European social partners represented in the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee of the audiovisual sector. On the employers' side, these are: the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT); the Association of European Radios (AER); the European Broadcasting Union (EBU); the European Coordination of Independent Producers (CEPI); and the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF). On the workers side, these are: EURO-MEI, the European region of the Media, Entertainment and Arts sector of UNI Global Union; the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ); the International Federation of Actors (FIA); and the International Federation of Musicians (FIM).
The Framework of Action can be found here