Pascal Rogard, Chairman of SACD
On the occasion of the International Women's Day, the French Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers (SACD) Director General Pascal Rogard answers our question : what measures do you suggest to take to ensure women and men are more equally represented in the cultural sector ?
“I don’t think anyone is particularly proud of the role currently played by women in the cultural sector. Women are under-represented in management and programming positions, and all of us need to work hard to change that.
It’s the responsibility of SACD to support this movement. In some ways, we got the ball rolling by publishing our first leaflet, “Where are the women?”, in the summer of 2012, in partnership with the Mouvement HF [an organization that promotes equal opportunities in the arts and the cultural sector, ed.] and the Laboratoire de l’égalité [a group that advocates workplace equality for men and women, ed.], and by signing the French Gender Equality Charter in the Movie Industry.
We are convinced that, if we want to make a real difference, we need to start by understanding the experiences of women in their artistic careers and work out where they are facing the worst discrimination and to identify any best practices. But the public authorities also need to take a strong stand, which the French Ministry of Culture and Communication has done by renewing its appointments policy for cultural establishments. Lastly, everyone needs to get involved in promoting women in culture.”
Find out more:
Read the SACD's leaflet « Where are the women? » (in French)