WOMEN IN ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
“Committed to increasing female-driven storytelling
and artistic leadership in Australia”
AWE promotes the creative, technical, production and management skills, outputs and achievements of females in Australian arts and entertainment with a view to:
- foster gender parity among the leadership of arts and entertainment organisations.
- increase female-driven storytelling across all forms.
- increase the number of females working as creatives (including but not limited to writers, directors, composers, choreographers and designers), technicians, producers and managers.
AWE promotes and showcases female-driven stories across multiple disciplines that investigate the lived experience of females, especially where these stories investigate the intersectionality of female experience including, but not limited to ethnicity, age, disability, sexual preferences and culture.
AWE promotes flexible work arrangements in arts and entertainment workplaces and seeks to discover how these arrangements might further assist people with family responsibilities that often directly conflict with arts and entertainment working hours and networking opportunities.
AWE seeks to educate the wider community in safe workplace practices for all arts and entertainment workers, especially regarding best practices that support and maintain the physical and mental health of women.
AWE purposefully fosters a cross-generational community and seeks to understand and honour the history of females and the female creative contribution in the arts and entertainment community.
At AWE, we will regularly gather people together for the purpose of:
- offering opportunities for female creatives, producers, managers, technicians and the wider theatre community to network.
- showcasing female-driven storytelling across all forms through performances.
- providing ‘kick-start’ discussions around financing female-driven work.
- discussion and education around issues faced by females in the fields of arts and entertainment, led by industry leaders.
Our future projects under the working title, AWEsome Activities will create:
-further employment opportunities for the female arts and entertainment community as their skills are formally introduced to the wider community.
-confidence in the female arts and entertainment community as their creative contributions are acknowledged in an atmosphere of celebration.
-further employment opportunities for the female arts and entertainment community as women are educated in securing funds to create female driven work.
At AWE, we believe the Australian arts and entertainment community will benefit from a wider human experience via the wider participation of females in all aspects of arts and entertainment.
“Gender equality, equality between men and women, entails the concept that all human beings, both men and women, are free to develop their personal abilities and make choices without the limitations set by stereotypes, rigid gender roles and prejudices. Gender equality means that the different behaviour, aspirations and needs of women and men are considered, valued and favoured equally. It does not mean that women and men have to become the same, but that their rights, responsibilities and opportunities will not depend on whether they are born male or female. Gender equity means fairness of treatment for women and men, according to their respective needs. This may include equal treatment or treatment that is different but which is considered equivalent in terms of rights, benefits, obligations and opportunities.”
— ABC Of Women Worker's Rights And Gender Equality, ILO, 2000. p. 48.