The cultural sector mobilized
Dealing with rape, sexual harassment, gender-based and sexual violence, and any form of control is one of the key measures of the plan announced by the Ministry of Culture at the “Conference on parity, equality and diversity in Cinema” (in French : “Assises de la parité, l’égalité et la diversité dans le cinema”), which were held in November 2019 at the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC).
The Fesac (Fédération des entreprises du spectacle vivant, de la musique, de l’audiovisuel et du cinéma), five trade unions – CGT Spectacle, CFE-CGC, CFTC, FASAP FO, CFDT Communication Conseil, Culture – the CNC and Audiens are setting up, with the support of the Ministry of Culture, a hotline for victims of rape, sexual harassment, sexist or sexual violence in the live performance, audiovisual or film sector, in a professional environment, accessible to all artists and technicians.
Tel. +33 1 87 20 30 90
A VHSS prevention kit for film and audiovisual professionals has been designed to help employees and employers who are victims or witnesses of gender-based violence or sexual harassment. It is free and available online.
Audiovisual CCHSCT & CCHSCT Cinema
The Central Committees on Hygiene, Safety and Working Conditions for the film and television industry (CCHSCT for Cinema and Audiovisual CCHSCT for tv series and programms) are in charge of accident prevention and safeguarding the health and safety in the workplace observed.
Their mission is to improve working conditions, particularly with regard to night work and the difficulty of working and to prevent professional risks.
They can be contacted to report any problem related to health and safety at work.
Conditionality of the CNC grants : Training on gender and sexual violence
Since January 1, 2021, the CNC’s subsidies are conditional on the compliance of companies that apply for them with specific obligations regarding the prevention and detection of sexual harassment.
Since January 1, 2021, the allocation and payment of all CNC grants are subject to compliance by beneficiaries with obligations to prevent sexual harassment and to implement measures to put an end to it, or to punish it (Code du cinéma et de l’image animée: article 122-36-1 of the general regulations for grants). These reinforced obligations of means are written into the labor code (provisions of articles L. 1153-1 to L. 1153-6) as for example:
- the implementation of an information system in workplaces, including filming locations, on the texts that define and sanction sexual harassment, on the legal actions that are open in matters of sexual harassment and on the contact details of the competent authorities and services
- the appointment of a mandatory harassment representative for organizations with more than 250 employees
- the development of an internal procedure for reporting and handling sexual harassment
- the provision of an alert and listening cell
- the completion of a training course, carried out by the AVFT on behalf of the CNC. The goal of this training is to help employers in the film, audiovisual and video game industries to implement actions to prevent and detect harassment in all areas where works are produced.
In France, over 3000 professionals are trained against sexist and sexual violence.