This publication has been coordinated by IETM, an international network for contemporary performing arts, and produced in cooperation with On the Move, as output for the gender and power relations strand of the SHIFT – Shared Initiatives for Training project, which focuses on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5: Gender Equality.
The aim of the SHIFT Gender and Power Relations work is to research cases of sexual harassment and power abuse that have been revealed and discussed in the European arts field in recent years, with a focus on the developments since the #MeToo period. The team of researchers also aims to propose solution-oriented strategies for creating equitable and safe work environments for culture professionals.
This first document aims to share and put to discussion some first major takeaways from this work, to be presented in an online session on 6 October 2021. It also formulates preliminary recommendations and three major questions aimed to develop a transnational, cross-border perspective as well as possible solutions to combat sexual harassment and power abuse in the European cultural sector.
A final publication outlining the extensive research and recommendations is available here.