31.03.2017 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

For a music sector more favorable to women's rights in Senegal


For the second time, the Fédération Internationale des Musiciens (FIM) and the Association des métiers de la musique (AMS) organized a workshop which aims at strengthening the capacities of the music sector’s actors in Senegal. From 21 to 24 March 2017, the participants exchanged on collective bargaining techniques with the aim of endowing Senegal with a collective agreement for the music industry, a first in the continent. This legal instrument aims to create an environment conducive to respect for rights and status of musicians in Senegal.

In 2016, a first sub-regional workshop had resulted in the adoption of the Dakar Declaration on Equality between men and women in the music sector and the identification of concrete actions to be implementd in 2017. On this basis, this second workshop strongly emphasized on the need to address the various challenges women are facing in this sector, including those related to maternity, violence and wage disparities.

"The progress of any society depends on the emancipation of all its citizens, through respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of expression and artistic freedom. Source of innovation, dynamism, economic and social progress, the recognition of women and girls as vectors of sustainable development is essential”, recalled Mr Gwang-Chol Chang, Director of the UNESCO Office in Dakar. For this reason, UNESCO joins forces with international associations of artists and actors in the cultural sector, such as FIM, AMS, and Tringa Musiques et Développement.

"We expect due recognition of women as music workers as well as their male counterparts, an increased involvement of women and girls in the governing bodies of the AMS, and to increase the number of women in leadership position in the music industry" concludes Daniel Gomez, President of the AMS. The organization has thus set itself the objective for 2017 of improving the situation of musicians through the implementation of projects such as the creation of a “cellule d’écoute” on harassment and violence, and the elaboration and the wide dissemination of a gender equality charter in the music industry.

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