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Gender Equality in Television: Behind the Scenes and on the Screen

Event Date: 25th April, 2019

Time: 8.30am - 3.00pm

Venue: London



Despite multiple strategies intended to improve gender equality in TV it remains that only 25% of television episodes in the UK are directed by women and 28% of episodes on screen have been written by women. With fewer women securing lead acting roles and the portrayal of women on our TV screens as disproportionately subservient, it is clear that more needs to be done to redress the gender imbalance on and behind our screens.

Westminster Insights full-day conference Women in TV will unite key stakeholders from across the sector to discuss next steps for supporting gender equality initiatives both in front of and behind the camera. Ofcom will discuss their Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2018-2022, offering valuable insight into the presence of women on our screens. Industry representatives from leading organisations including Director's UK, the BBC, and the Writer's Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) will explore key strategies and positive interventions seeking to redress the gender inequality facing women In TV. Further discussion will review the career progression, retention and pay gap of women working in television. This forum will also provide you with a timely opportunity to network with your peers to explore key initiatives that are driving the agenda for change.


Key areas of focus


  • Women on ScreenEvaluating the findings and data from the Director’s UK Gender Inequality report ‘Who’s Calling the Shots’, the ERA 50:50 initiative and reviewing the Gender Inequality and Screenwriters report.
  • Women off ScreenEvaluating the portrayal of women on screen and the wider impact this has on diversity and inclusion attitudes in society, promoting positive female role models and inclusive casting methods. 
  • A Career in TVProgression, Retention and the Gender Pay Gap.


This conference follows on from our successful Diversity in TV events but will directly address the gender inequality experienced by women in the television industry.


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Event Added: 29/01/2019