Africa | Sub-​regional workshop on gender equality

This FIM meet­ing focus­ing on gen­der equal­i­ty brought togeth­er union rep­re­sen­ta­tives from eleven English-​speaking African coun­tries

From 20 to 22 November 2017 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, FIM and the Tanzanian Urban Musicians’ Association (TUMA) organ­ised an exchange and train­ing work­shop on gen­der equal­i­ty in the music sec­tor, which had finan­cial back­ing from Union to Union. This was the sec­ond African meet­ing after a first work­shop in Dakar in January 2016. The meet­ing took place in the pres­ence and with the active sup­port of Union to Union and SMF rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The first day focused on review­ing the sit­u­a­tion in the fol­low­ing ten coun­tries: Burundi, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The sec­ond day addressed issues on
 — Gender equal­i­ty with regard to access to train­ing and employ­ment
 — The role of men and women and the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women in the music sec­tor
 — The remu­ner­a­tion gaps between men and women
 — The bal­ance between pri­vate and pro­fes­sion­al life
 — Violence per­pe­trat­ed against women, in par­tic­u­lar sex­u­al harass­ment.

On the final day, a list of actions to be imple­ment­ed was adopt­ed, both at nation­al lev­el as well as with­in the col­lec­tive scope of the FIM African group.

Made up of an equal num­ber of men and women, the audi­ence adopt­ed the Dar es Salaam Declaration which takes up and com­ple­ments its Dakar coun­ter­part on gen­der equal­i­ty in the music sec­tor. Each union tak­ing part will have to des­ig­nate a resource-​person in charge of nation­al coor­di­na­tion and draw up an action plan before 28 February 2018, to act
 — Against vio­lences, includ­ing sex­u­al harass­ment, of which many women –but also a few men– are vic­tims,
 — To enhance the rep­re­sen­ta­tion and involve­ment of women in musi­cians’ organ­i­sa­tions.