The first SouthMed WiA Partner Meeting of 2017 took place in Barcelona and was hosted by Fundacio Interarts. The two-day session included general planning of the activities to be implemented within the framework of the project “Towards Greater Gender Equality: Promoting the Role and Image of Women in the Southern Mediterranean Audiovisual Sector”. The focal point of the discussion was the launch of the 1st Call for Proposals and creation of the official website.
SouthMed WiA, a project funded by the European Union within the framework of the regional programme Med Film, was launched on the 1st of February 2017 for a thirty-months period. Its objective is to support projects addressing weaknesses and issues related to gender equality and the under-representation of women in the audiovisual sector in seven Southern Mediterranean countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia. The project is implemented by a consortium led by Interarts in Spain, and four non-governmental organizations: Culture & Media Agency Europe (CUMEDIAE) in Belgium, Permanent Conference of the Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators (COPEAM) in Italy, Screen Institute Beirut (SIB) in Lebanon and Superior School of Audiovisual and Cinema (ESAC) in Tunisia.