The second call for proposals of ‘SouthMed WiA – Towards Greater Gender Equality: Promoting the Role and Image of Women in the Southern Mediterranean Audiovisual Sector’, a project funded by the European Union within the framework of the regional programme Med Film, closed on 23 February 2018. This call contained three lots: Lot 1-research activities; Lot 2-training; Lot 3-Awareness raising and advocacy, and was open to projects addressing weaknesses and issues related to gender equality and the under-representation of women in the audiovisual sector, both on the screen and behind the camera. A total number of 48 proposals have been submitted to this call, out of which 25 to lot 2 ‘Training’, 18 to lot 3 ‘Awareness raising and advocacy’, and only 5 to lot 1 ‘Research’. Of the seven target countries of the SouthMed WiA, i.e Tunisia, Morocco, Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt, Algeria and Jordan, most of the lead organizations are from Palestine (17) and Tunisia (8). Regarding the profile of the lead applicants, 25 projects have been submitted by NGOs that work in the cultural field using audiovisual content, or in the social field, advocating for gender equality and women’s rights. With respect of the co-applicants, the majority is based in Tunisia (12), Palestine (9) and Lebanon (7) and they mainly are not-for-profit organizations (38) but also private, namely 12 production companies and 8 small and medium enterprises of the cultural sector. Only 2 main applicants and 1 co-applicant are TV and radio stations and the country with the lowest participation is Algeria.

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