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UN-backed report on gender discrimination in film is damning – Sandra McLellan TD

23 September, 2014

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Arts, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, Sandra McLellan TD, has today said that the findings of a UN-backed report on the under-representation and hyper sexualisation of women in the film industry is damning and an unfortunate reflection of industry as a whole.

Speaking today after the publication of the report, Deputy McLellan said:

“The report found that film-makers worldwide are failing to find strong roles for women in movies and are therefore perpetuating gender discrimination.

“This is a damning indictment of the industry. Film-makers have an opportunity to be leaders in the fight against discrimination and sexism by writing and casting women in strong roles. It is shocking but perhaps not surprising that fewer than one third of all speaking roles went to women, who were also largely absent from positions of power. 

“The report also states that only 22.5% of the overall fictional big screen workforce was shown to be made up of female employees, and fewer than 15% were portrayed as being employed as business executives, political figures, or in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics.

“Movies can impact and encourage cultural change. The film industry is no exception to the responsibility of tackling gender inequality. 

“Women and girls from across the world would benefit from seeing strong females in key roles that show them to be leaders, innovators, and business savvy. 

“A new approach to show women in the roles that they fulfil across all aspects of industry and society must be taken and I hope that Irish film-makers take these findings on board for the future.”


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