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Gender Equality

Gender Equality in the Context of Cultural Policy

Cultural policy is the area of public policymaking that governs activities related to the arts and culture. Such policy governs a sector of immense complexity, embracing a range of activities. In this context, gender aspects are relevant both in relation to the broad definition of culture as a ‘social construction’ and to the way in which cultural policy is formed and implemented. 

First of all, cultural rights are human rights, and as such are they rights of both women and men. Across all areas of culture, human rights are a precondition for enriching cultural diversity and enabling human creativity. Second, gender is intrinsically linked to culture. The socially constructed roles of women and men are culturally determined, and differ in time and place. Gender is a cultural and social construction, defined by the power relations between women and men, and the norms and values regarding ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ roles and behaviour.

The Compendium Addressing Gender Equality

Since the beginning of the Compendium project, several aspects of gender equality have been treated both as a transversal issue of relevance in different areas of cultural policy making and as a theme of specific sub-chapters in the Compendium country profiles. As a consequence, there are strands of related information and data  found in sub-sections of individual Compendium country profiles.

Some of this content has been condensed into comparative / statistical tables that address e.g.:

Together with important background documents and links to research, such information can assist governments and NGOs in their efforts to start monitoring and comparing policies and related measures regarding gender equality and culture.