About

The Office for Equality & Diversity in the Swiss Audiovisual Industry

The Office for Equality and Diversity in the Swiss Audiovisual Industry was created by SWAN to support the fulfillment of gender equality and diversity in every layer of the audiovisual industry. It is dedicated to eliminate any form of discrimination whether it is direct or indirect, by educating and providing up to date information.

The priority areas of concerns of the Office:

  • Gender equality in professional life, pay, training, access to employment, funding
  • Visibility of minorities in their careers
  • Prevention against stereotypes and prejudices towards sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation and harassment related to work

The Office is there to:

  • Inform, advise and direct the players of the audiovisual industry as well as the public
  • Guide and support the authorities (both executive and legislative) regarding any matter related to its expertise

 

Calling hours:

+41 79 597 54 98
Tuesday and Thursday, 9am-12pm

Face-to-face appointments are available on request.

 

Mission

Raise awareness

To realise gender equality and diversity, it is crucial to raise awareness on the current situation both within and outside the industry. This statement relies on data and studies that are conducted by government institutions, universities and independent organisations – such as SWAN – as well as tools of best practices to be used immediately.

Inform

Knowledge is key when it comes to social justice. Equality and diversity are still not realised but steps are continuously made to level the playing fields for women. The Office contributes to answer parliamentary questions, informs, guides and advises stakeholders of the audiovisual industry and the general public. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Advocate

The Office advises the economical players/bodies of the industry and individuals. Recommends appropriate measures. Cooperates with universities, researchers, and public and private institutions. SWAN also conducts studies and has a network of people committed to the cause. Feel free to join if you also wish to contribute.

Assist

The Office for Equality & Diversity in the Swiss Audiovisual Industry offers the players of the audiovisual industry, the population, companies, organisations, and authorities specialised advice. It sets up prevention and awareness campaigns, designs and broadcasts information material, organises training, seminars, and round tables and develops educational tools. It publishes studies, develops new strategies, initiates and coordinates pilot projects. Please get in touch if you’re looking for some assistance.

 

Know the Law

Swiss Law

Art. 8, Federal Constitution
“Every person is equal before the law. No person may be discriminated against, in particular on grounds of origin, race, gender, age, language, social position, way of life, religious, ideological, or political convictions, or because of a physical, mental or psychological disability.

Men and women have equal rights. The law shall ensure their equality, both in law and in practice, most particularly in the family, in education, and in the workplace. Men and women have the right to equal pay for work of equal value.”

Art. 1, Equality Act
“This Act has the aim of furthering true equality between women and men.”

There are conciliation offices in all cantons which can be referred to the parties in conflict in the event of a suspected violation of the Equality Act. The conciliation procedure is free. Click here for more information.

 

Supporters

SWAN would like to thank The Federal Office for Gender Equality and Migros Culture Percentage for supporting the creation of the Office for Equality & Diversity in the Swiss Audiovisual Industry.

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