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.