Womens TUC Conference
23 February 2014
Here is our 2014 motion:
Arts Council England and gender inequality in theatre
On its website the Arts Council England states “Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better.” For theatre to do this it is essential that our stories as women are told and women are employed on stage. Men currently outnumber women on stage by at least two to one.
Between 2011 and 2015 ACE will invest £1.4 billion of government money and an estimated £1 billion from the National Lottery. Theatre receives a significant share of this money.
Conference deplores ACE’s failure to undertake comprehensive equality monitoring of performer employment. It is unacceptable that an organisation subject to the Public Sector Equality Duty in receipt of large sums of public money is unable to say how many men and women are employed on the stages of the theatres it funds. How can ACE effectively address equality of opportunity for women performers without knowing how many women and men are employed?
Conference calls on the TUC Women’s Committee to demand, alongside Equity, a commitment from ACE to institute comprehensive and transparent equality monitoring of performer employment within subsidised theatre in England.
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