Gender & Power Relations: SHIFT Key Findings

First page of SHIFT publication on Gender & Power Relations: lots of text!

The SHIFT – Shared Initiatives for Training project aims to provide training and skills for cultural leaders, specifically those of cultural networks. Cultural leaders shall be enabled to implement changes where needed and to pass on their knowledge gained through the project to leaders and staff members of their network, as well as to the broader cultural sector.

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. It was presented in an online session on 6 October 2021. The video of the session can be viewed here. It also formulates preliminary recommendations and three major questions aimed at developing a transnational, cross-border perspective as well as possible solutions to combat sexual harassment and power abuse in the European cultural sector.

The team of researchers for the publication includes Marta Keil, Anna Majewska, and, from On the Move, Marie Le Sourd and Katie Kherij-Watts.