- Women are strongly represented in the creative sector in most parts of the world. However, they remain poorly represented in a number of cultural professions and in decision-making positions in many cultural organizations and industries.
- The multiple obstacles in their paths to participation and progression in cultural endeavours are not just unfair to women and violative of their cultural rights. They essentially diminish cultural diversity and deprive everyone of unhindered access to the creative potential of the female half of the artistic community.
- Many countries have taken steps to improve opportunities for women and even leverage women’s contributions to the creative economy. However, the need to ensure gender equality in the cultural sector has not yet been adequately addressed.
- A major stumbling block in the way of efforts to tackle gender imbalance in the cultural sphere is the paucity of sex-disaggregated data. Yet only an information-based approach can effectively challenge existing gender-based biases and barriers.
- Equally important is a holistic approach that recognizes the symbiotic relationship between gender equality, cultural rights and cultural diversity. The mission to protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions cannot succeed unless gender equality is recognized as a central concern that must be integrated into all attempts to achieve the goal.
- Both the letter and the spirit of the 2005 Convention uphold the principle of gender equality as a cornerstone of human rights in general and cultural rights in particular. The Convention is unambiguous in calling for policies and measures that promote gender equality and that recognize and support women as artists and producers of cultural goods and services.