SouthMed WiA – Towards Greater Gender Equality: Promoting the Role and Image of Women in the Southern Mediterranean Audiovisual Sector

Project Duration
2017 - 2019
€1 249 907
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Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Tunisia

Brief Description

The SouthMed WiA project addresses issues related to the perpetuation of gender based stereotypes and the under-representation of women in the audiovisual sector in the Southern Mediterranean. The project aims at strengthening the capacities of the film operators with the purpose to contribute to sustainable development and cultural diversity by enhancing the image and the participation of women in the audiovisual sector.

Countries covered: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia


1. To provide support to 6-8 projects that aim to promote gender equality in the audiovisual sector in the targeted countries;

2. To strengthen women’s professional skills and their capacities to advocate for and participate with prominent roles in the local and regional audiovisual industry;

3. To enhance evidence, provide comprehensible, relevant arguments and raise awareness regarding the potential of female involvement in the audiovisual sector and in society.

Actions in brief

Through two calls for grants and targeted trainings, in particular for female audiovisual professionals, SouthMed WiA will support different organizations and stakeholders from the 7 target countries. The project will carry out research to better understand the presence of women in the audiovisual sector in the region and it will support networking among its professionals, especially women, within the broader Euro-Mediterranean area.

Outreach activities for relevant stakeholders such as distributors, funders, producers and policy-makers will be implemented to shed light on the persisting gender inequalities in the sector and to increase women’s exposure and power in the industry.

Project leader: INTERARTS

Project’s partners: Culture & Media Agency Europe (CUMEDIAE), Permanent Conference of the Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators (COPEAM), The Screen Institute Beirut (SIB), Superior School of Audiovisual and Cinema of Tunisia (ESAC)

Project’s associate: European Women’s Audiovisual Network (EWA)


Civil Society Culture Gender Media Sustainable Development