“Fostering Gender Equality for Women and Men behind the Camera“
As women are underrepresented in the film industry and still misrepresented onscreen in terms of roles and characters, this project aims to enhance the gender sensitivity of film facilitators in the film sector in Tunisia and Palestine, and to improve gender equality in the film sector either at the level of the content delivered or the female and male representation.
CAWTAR along with its partner Shashat Woman Cinema in Palestine will train facilitators in the film sector as well as other workers in it on gender basics, how to observe, identify and measure gender bias in films.
- CAWTAR – Center of Arab Women for Training and Research was created in 1993, in response to the desire expressed by a number of Arab stakeholders to establish a center of academic research and field studies relating to the status of women. In addition to collecting data, indicators and statistics on women’s economic, social and political conditions, CAWTAR significantly contributes in sharing knowledge, building partnerships and reinvigorating policy dialogue and advocacy in order to improve the lives of women in the Arab world.
- Shashat Women Cinema is an independent non-profit women cinema NGO in Palestine, whose focus is on women’s cinema and the social and cultural implications of women’s representations. Shashat also aims at building the capacity of young women filmmakers through training, mentoring, production support and exhibition so that they are producers of Palestinian culture and not only consumers of it. Shashat, which means “screens” in Arabic, was founded in 2005 in order to provide sustainability and continuity to these objectives.
The project held in Tunis its closing event, in which the winners were crowned with the best screenplay and practical guide to promoting gender equality behind the camera.
From Tunisia, Narjes Tarshani received the best scenario Award, and each of Manal Al Souissi and Inas Al Sherif were awarded the best Practical Guide Award. From Palestine, Amjad Hab Rih and Athar al-Jadili won the best scenario Award, and each of Asma al-Masri and Bayan Alyan received the best practice guide Award.
About 50 filmmakers, professionals, and amateurs from Tunisia and Palestine benefited from the six-month training program designed to build their capacity in scenario writing and develop practical guides from the gender and human rights perspectives to promote equality between the sexes in the film industry.