Welcome To SouthMed WiA
“Towards Greater Gender Equality: Promoting the Role and Image of Women in the Southern Mediterranean Audiovisual Sector”
SouthMed WiA aims to strengthen the capacities of female professionals and operators of the audiovisual sector in seven countries of the Southern Mediterranean, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia and to contribute to sustainable development and cultural diversity by enhancing the image of women in the film sector.
This project has emerged from the observation of persistent gender inequality and under-representation of women in the film sector, both on screen and behind the camera and the perpetuation of stereotypes relating to the image of women in Arab societies. Its ultimate goal is to positively influence widespread cultural attitudes and public opinion.
To achieve the aforementioned the SouthMed WiA project implements a range of diverse activities including the support to projects on gender equality in audiovisual, capacity- building and coaching of local operators, especially women, awareness raising and outreach activities to relevant stakeholders, networking, and research on the image and role of women in the film sector.
SouthMed WiA is co-funded by the European Union within the framework of the regional programme Med Film.
- To enhance the role of women in the SouthMed Audiovisual sector by funding 6-8 projects from the seven target countries that aim to promote gender equality in the audiovisual sector.
- To strengthen women’s skills and their capacities to advocate for and participate with prominent roles in the local and regional audiovisual industry.
- To enhance evidence, provide comprehensible, relevant arguments and raise awareness regarding the potential of female involvement in the audiovisual sector and in society globally.