Ten representatives of the sub-granted projects of the second call and the partners of SouthMed WiA met in Alicante on 27 and 28 September 2018. Together, they participated in a two-day interactive training on project monitoring and evaluation – given by the evaluator & international development consultant Ibtissem Jouini, from Tunisia – and on access to film festivals, distribution and dissemination of audio-visual products with a gender perspective – given by the Lebanese film director and producer Dima Al Joundi. These participative and interactive sessions gave to the sub-grantees new and interesting information and tools to better implement their projects’ activities in their countries (Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Tunisia and Jordan).

The event, hosted by Casa Mediterráneo, was closed by a public session entitled “Challenging gender inequality in the audiovisual sector in the Mediterranean”. During this last conference, a panel of experts – composed by Fayrouz Karawya, artist, singer and PhD anthropologist from Cairo, Pilar Pérez Solano, Producer and film-maker from Alicante, also member of the Spanish Women Filmmakers Association, CIMA, and Dima Al Joundi – shared and discussed their experiences with the public and debated on the challenges of women working in the audiovisual sector in Egypt, Spain and Lebanon. The final session represented an incredible opportunity for learning, sharing and exchanging ideas, knowledge, and experiences between the two shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

To conclude, this two-day event was a successful chance for all the participants to reflect on the importance and necessity of joint actions involving cultural experts and operators, activists and civil society organizations to face the persisting gender inequalities of the audio-visual field of the Mediterranean. For, as Fayrouz Karawya stated in her speech during the public session, “Cultural activists are the real promoters of positive change in our societies”.

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