FIA's new European Commission-funded Study "Age Gender and Performer Employment in Europe" was launched in the European Parliament on the 27th of January 2009. There were simultaneous launches at national level in several countries as well as a European-wide press release.
The study was launched in the European Parliament Press Room PHS 0A050. MEPs Proinsias de Rossa, Mary Honeyball and Anne Van Lancker took the floor on the issue of gender portrayal and equal opportunities in the perfoming arts, as well as scope for action at European level. Norwegian Actress, Agnete Haaland (President of FIA) explained the background to the study. Well known Belgian actresses Els Dottermans , Camilia Blereau and Carmela Locantore have also committed their support to this project and were present at the press conference to share their experience.
Photos from the European Parliament Launch.
You can view a slideshow of the photos from the launch. These photos were kindly made available by the European Parliament Photo Service.
As well as the European Launch in the Parliament, there were also parallel launches in several European countries, as well as a coordinated press release distribution which generated quite a lot of visibility for the report, including radio interviews in Belgium, Ireland, Holland, Denmark and Norway. There was also coverage in the printed press, including the following:
"Actrices vechten tegen clichés" (de Morgen, 29th January)
"l'Audiovisuel est macho" (Le Métro, 29th January).
"Kvindelige skuespillare far mindst" (TV 2 Nyhederne, 27th January)
"Kvindelige skuespillare har lav lon og kotr karriere" (Politiken.dk, 27th January)
"Kvindelige skuespillare frygter at blive gamle" (jp.dk, 28th January)
"Ubalance pa de skra braedder" (jp.dk, 27th January)
"Women Actors over 35 need not apply" (The Examiner, 28th January)
"FIA Study on Gender Stereotypes" (Film Ireland, 28th January)
"’Misogyny’ of the acting world is keeping older women off stage" (Irish Independent, 28th January)
"Female actors over 40 ‘struggle to find work’" (Irish Times, 28th January)
"Actress jobs disappear after age of 40, report claims" (Irish Times, 27th January)
"Ricerca Europea: In tele, radio e cinema le attrici sono ancora troppo discriminate" (Avvenire 28 January)
"Cinema: Ghini, Ruoli Scompaiono Per Donne Oltre I 40 Anni" (Ansa, 27th January)
"Accent seksisme - Bewezen: actices eerder afgedankt dan acteurs" (De Volkskrant, 4th February)
"Female Actors get less pay and shorter careers" (The Stage, 3rd December).
"Older actresses 'work less and earn less' than men" (The Telegraph, 27th January)
"MPs urged to take action over female perfomers'pay" (The Stage, 27th January)
"Actresses over 40 "work less, earn less" than actors (Times of India, 28th January)
"Older Actresses jobless and poorly paid" (javno.com 29th January)
"Vara Skadespelare tuffare för kvinnor" (Dagens Nyheters, 29th January)
"Kon och alder avgörande för karriären" (Nummer.se 28th January)
"Kvinnelige skuespillere har dat verre enn menn" (Dagbladet, 30th January)
"Kvinner tjener minst" (Bergens Tidende 19th September)
"Eldre kvinner diskrimineres" (Dagsavisen, January 29th)
"Kvinner over 40 vrakes" (Dagbladet, February 4th)
"Utilfredse skuespillerinner" (Rushprint.no, January 27th)
"Tøft for Thalias døtre i Europa" (Scenekunst.no, January 27th)
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