The Ministry of Culture’s Gender Equality Observatory

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An Opportunity for Research and Insight

Jenny Holzer, For Siena, 2009. Copyright 2009 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY, SIAE, Rome Credit: Jenny Holzer

More than a month ago, through a decree by the Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini, the activities of the Ministry of Culture’s Gender Equality Observatory were launched.

After 16 months, the Observatory has taken shape thanks to a path developed by AgCult – a news agency specialising in public policies related to the culture and tourism sector – which launched a call for papers with a brief related to a greater contribution of women in the cultural and creative sectors, capable of opening up new scenarios of sustainable development for the country.

Fifteen are the members of the observatory, including gender policy experts and representatives of the Ministry’s areas of responsibility, who will be responsible for

  • Provide advice and support in the development and implementation of gender equality policies;
  • Analysing and monitoring the Ministry’s areas of responsibility;
  • Identifying and proposing good practices;
  • Promoting equal opportunities training, knowledge and culture.

The creation of an observatory with the aim of analysing, disseminating and developing policies for gender equality denotes an increased attention being paid to problems that can no longer be considered marginal, as we pointed out in the magazine’s last in-depth article on gender inequalities in the cultural and creative sector, which you can catch up on here.

The call for papers launched in Letture Lente – AgCult’s in-depth monthly magazine – at the beginning of this journey (August 2020) showed the extent of the gender imbalance in the cultural and creative sectors and the urgency of identifying measures to reduce it.

For this reason, the work that will be carried out within the observatory will provide an important framework for monitoring gender equality and create policies – supported by analysis – to decrease the gender gap and counteract inequalities within the cultural and creative sector.

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