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The place of the women in the audio-visual mediums

Publication date: Tuesday, March 19, 2013


The new working group “Women's rights”, chaired by Sylvie Pierre-Brossolette, proposed with the Council several work axes to support a better equality man-woman with the antenna and in the audio-visual sector.

To arrange the legal framework, to on television study precisely the place of the women and with the radio, to sensitize the operators with the necessary participation of those with the emissions as with the images which they convey: such are the principal orientations that was given, for the year 2013, the working group “Women's rights”, created on January 29th and whose Sylvie Pierre-Brossolette and Françoise Laborde are respectively president and vice-president.

This question is not new for the Council. The law of September 30th, 1986 prescribed, to the articles 1st and 15, the respect of the human dignity and the prohibition of any incentive to hatred or violence, in particular for reasons of sex. The law of March 31st, 2006 conferred on the Council the mission of promoting the diversity of the French company in the programs, and the law of July 9th, 2010 introduced provisions making it possible associations to seize the Council about violences or of discriminations against the women.

Twelve interventions on the programs

In March 2008, the Council created an Observatory of diversity, in order to follow the efforts of televisions and radios in this field, and, on November 10th, 2009, it adopted a deliberation aiming at supporting the representation of this diversity in the programs of the principal chains. On December 7th, 2011, it took part in the conference organized by the Commission on the image of the women in the media, chaired by Michèle Reiser, former member of the CSA. One month later, he submitted to the Commission of the laws of the National Assembly a report on the application of the articles relating to violences made to the women, then joined the edition 2013 of the Guide of the expert ones. Lastly, within the networks of the French-speaking authorities of regulation (REFRAM) and Mediterranean (RIRM), it worked out declarations supporting the equality man-woman.

In its action of follow-up of the programs, it intervened with twelve recoveries since the year 2000 because of matter or behaviors discriminatory or degrading towards the women. In parallel, the Observatory of diversity constantly underlined the underrepresentation of those on television: 35% of the speakers are women there, which is well in-on this side theirs places in the French company (51,5% of the population, at January 1st, 2011). Moreover, their role is often secondary, in spite of their notable presence in the programs of information.

These initiatives not having, for the moment, borne all the fruit which one could expect, the Council defined, at the end of work axis, February new:

  • a thorough follow-up of the image of the women to the antenna, in order to better fight against the stereotypes and to promote female expert testimony;
  • a day before on the place which is granted to them in the audio-visual sector;
  • proposals for a legislative evolution, specifically establishing the women's rights in the missions of the Council, and bringing on this point of the precise details on the missions of the chains in general and the public sector in particular;
  • a sensitizing of the operators and producers, in the event of new legal tendencies or from the point of view of a recommendation on this topic;
  • a better respect of balance man-woman in the nominations which concern its competence.

Also consult the leading article of Sylvie Pierre-Brossolette on the subject.

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Key dates

  • 2006 - Law of March 31st, 2006 known as “law for the equal opportunity”

  • 2007 - Creation by the Council of a working group on diversity and an Observatory of diversity

  • 2009 - Law of March 5th, 2009 relating to the audio-visual communication and the new public service of television

  • March 11th, 2008 - Creation of the Observatory of diversity in the audio-visual mediums

  • November 10th, 2009 - Deliberation of the Council fixing the framework of annual commitments of the diffusers