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Hollywood’s equality push fails to boost female film directors: study

LOS ANGELES: Only 8 percent of Hollywood’s top films in 2018 were directed by women, down from 11 percent the prior year, despite high-profile efforts to improve gender equality, a study released on Thursday showed. The percentage is roughly unchanged from two decades ago, according to the annual study, which found a “radical underrepresentation” of women in the industry. “The study provides no evidence that the mainstream film industry has experienced the profound positive shift predicted by so many industry observers…

20,000 march for wage equality in Switzerland

Some 20,000 people marched in Bern Saturday demanding wage equality between the genders, organisers said, warning that women are prepared to go on strike if Swiss parliamentarians do not fix the pay gap. Women "are sick of sexism and discrimination, sick of wage inequality," Switzerland's largest union, Unia, said in a statement. The union, which was among over 40 organisations who called Saturday's demonstration, said more than 20,000 people had showed up to demand that lawmakers do more to shrink the persistent gap…

Venice Film Festival moves on gender equality, but no sign of quotas

VENICE:  The organizers of the Venice Film Festival signed a pledge on Friday to work toward gender equality, hoping to mollify critics who have accused them of sidelining women filmmakers. Venice follows other European film festivals Cannes and Locarno in pledging to get an equal number of men and women in its top management by 2020 – but it has ruled out any quota system for selecting films to compete. Of the 21 films vying for the Golden Lion this year, only one was directed by a woman, “The Nightingale” by…

Female traffic lights spark backlash in Australia

MELBOURNE: Pedestrian traffic lights showing female figures rather than male have been installed in Melbourne to reduce "unconscious bias" and promote gender equality, officials said on International Women's Day Wednesday. Ten stop/go lights depicting a figure in a dress were switched on at one of the city's busiest intersections, though some questioned the point of the 12-month trial. Some Australians are complaining that it's backward and discriminatory to assume the conventional figure in pants is male and the new…