International Women’s Day 2024 – #InspireInclusion

6th March 2024 No comments
Collage of eight images with a split background of blue and pink. Images include three women and 1 man making a heart hand gesture. Other images include hashtags #IWD2024 #InspireInclusion, Southpoint Films logo and professional video cameras.

For the past two years, we’ve proudly celebrated and shown solidarity for International Women’s Day, and this year is no different! So, we’ve returned to the studio to strike a pose for 2024’s #InspireInclusion theme.

This year’s theme aims to motivate others to appreciate and prioritise women’s inclusion for a brighter future. Because, when women themselves are inspired to be included, there’s a sense of belonging, relevance, and empowerment.

But what does this mean for women in our industry specifically?

Alarmingly, diversity in the UK TV sector has gotten worse in the last 4 years, not better. According to a report last year by diversity data monitor Diamond, senior roles held by women dropped significantly since the COVID pandemic from 50.4% in 2018-2019 to 45.4% in 2021-2022, with particularly low representation in important positions like Writer (32.4%) and Director (25.3%). These figures seem to indicate that women faced challenges in reclaiming their positions post-pandemic. It also shows that the TV industry remains widely male-dominated and female success stories are often the exception rather than the rule.

What about the live streaming and broadcasting industry?

While it seems that there may have been a gradual increase in women taking on roles, there is still a need for greater representation of women in leadership positions. There are many successful women in the live streaming and broadcasting industry who serve as role models but challenges such as gender bias and stereotypes persist.

Clearly, there’s still work to be done…

…and the journey towards true inclusion in our industry continues. Efforts to address these challenges in both the TV and broadcast industry need to involve creating inclusive workplaces and providing equal opportunities for professional growth. We also need to inspire more women to pursue careers in various aspects of the industry and provide educational initiatives that equip women with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed.

So what are we doing to inspire inclusion at Southpoint Films?

We remain committed to challenging gender stereotypes, calling out discrimination when we see it, drawing attention to bias and seeking out inclusion, so that more women and minorities can thrive in our amazing and exciting industry.

Want to see how we supported last years theme? Read more here.

 

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