Posts Tagged ‘gender equality’

Amplify Women Harassment Toolkit

17th November 2017 by Maura McHugh

The Amplify Women Harassment Toolkit is a simple guide to help freelance workers and employees of any gender if they are experiencing bullying or harassment. It provides advice on making a complaint at work, or a criminal complaint, and includes useful information on who to contact and links to further information.

You can download the document here.

One of the main themes of these recent revelations is widespread abuse of power and position, across many different sectors. Many of the individuals speaking about their experiences felt disempowered and, in some cases, frightened to take steps to report the issues they were experiencing. We want this Toolkit to show people that they are supported.

Amplify Women is an umbrella group of organisations who represent, or carry out research about women working in the cultural and media industries. The organisations distributing and endorsing this initiative are: Women in Film & Television, Irish Equity, Women in Animation, Members of #WakingTheFeminists, The Writers’ Guild of Ireland, Broadly Speaking, Screen Producers Ireland, Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, and Women On Air.

Mindshift at IWC

8th November 2016 by Maura McHugh

The Writers Guild of Ireland, in association with the Irish Writers Centre, is delighted to present Mindshift: Redressing Gender Equality in Writing for Film.

Taking place from 10.30am – 4.00pm on 22 November 2017 at the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin.

As if breaking into screenwriting isn’t enough of a challenge, gender inequality is commonplace in the film industry. This professional development day, supported by Words Ireland, is aimed primarily at women writers who are interested in writing for film or television, or in having their existing work adapted for the screen.

Experts will cover:

  • writing for film and TV in Ireland
  • the under-representation of women in writing and directing film
  • the Irish Film Board’s new policy initiative on gender
  • adaptation: the creative process
  • adaptation: the contract process

Line-up includes:
David Kavanagh (CEO, WGI), screenwriters Lauren Mackenzie and Juanita Wilson; writer/director Marian Quinn, and writer/academic Dr. Susan Liddy, as well as London based agent Julian Friedmann.

Cost: €15 / €10 (IWC Members) | Bookings via Eventbrite

Please note: this event is free for members of the WGI but tickets must be pre-booked via Eventbrite.

Words Ireland

WGI & SDGI Welcome Irish Film Board Statement on Gender Equality

22nd December 2015 by Maura McHugh

The Writers Guild of Ireland and the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland welcome today’s statement by the Irish Film Board on gender equality.

We congratulate the Board on its commitment to achieving 50/50 gender parity for writers and directors in feature film production within three years.

We have been pressing the Board on this important issue for a number of years. Recently the Equality Action Committee of the two guilds has been involved in fruitful discussions with the Film Board and we would like to thank Dr Annie Doona, acting Chair of the Board, in particular.

We look forward to working with the Board to measure progress towards the goal of parity, and to the introduction of additional measures, if necessary, to guarantee achievement of gender equality in the allocation of public funds for film production in Ireland.

Screen Directors Guild of Ireland
Birch Hamilton, Executive Director – birch (at) sdgi.ie
Writers Guild of Ireland
David Kavanagh, Executive Officer – david.kavanagh (at) script.ie

Members of the Equality Action Committee
Liz Gill, Dr Susan Liddy, Lauren Mackenzie, Marian Quinn