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Tonic Theatre supports the arts, theatre and creative industries to achieve greater gender equality and diversity in their work and workforces.

UNWomen – In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating the Organization’s goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

International Day of the Girl Child – Girls are our future. In 2016, for the fourth annual International Day of the Girl Child will be celebrated on 11 October, join global efforts to ensure a world free of discrimination for young women and girls.

Global Goals – Goal 5 Gender Equality #Globalgoals. In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. Global Goals campaign on behalf of these goals.

The Everyday Sexism Project exists to catalogue instances of sexism experienced on a day to day basis.

The Young Women’s Movement Scotland is a feminist organisation and part of a worldwide movement of women leading change. Our vision is a world where every woman can shape her own life journey and fulfil her potential, where the voices of women are heard, respected and celebrated.

#WakingtheFeminists is a grassroots movement calling for equality for women across the Irish theatre sector.

#WakingtheFeminists 6 month update

For me, thanks to the fact that my children are getting a bit older, but mainly thanks to #WakingTheFeminists, I have declared war on the peace I made with no longer being an artist. – Tara Derrington’s blog on being a parent and an actress

About Being a Female Technician by Emma O’Grady

Waking the Feminists: ‘Gender equality in Irish theatre achievable in five years’ The Stage

Equal Representation for Actresses – Our campaign is to require the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and all other major broadcasters to implement an equal gender balance across their drama and comedy slates by 2018. We ask that casting and creative decisions made by commissioners and programme makers are held up to a basic requirement of a 50:50 gender balance across their content yearly.

Parents in Performing Arts campaign for equal opportunities and access for parents and carers working in the performing arts.

Stellar Quines are proud supporters of the Parents in Performing Arts Campaign – current news.

The Dangerous Women Project is an initiative of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.

The Project asks: what does it mean to be a ‘dangerous woman’?

The Dangerous Women Project will curate 365 responses all over the world between International Women’s Day 2016 and International Women’s Day 2017.

Each daily Dangerous Women Project post will explore, examine or critique the ‘dangerous women’ theme by inviting reflections from women of diverse backgrounds and identities, including poets, playwrights and other creative writers, academics, journalists, commentators, artists, performers and opinion formers, and indeed anyone with an angle on the theme.


PIPA interim report initial findings, based on a UK wide survey with 966 respondents working in the theatre sector, as well as follow-up interviews and focus groups conducted with the 15 partner theatre organisations, confirm that the burden of childcare falls disproportionately on women. It also reveals that self-employed people are significantly disadvantaged by current provisions for childcare support.

Read the 2015-16 highlights and The Young Women’s Movement focus for the year ahead in this new report.

Read more about Gender in Scottish Theatre Research.

A London school programme will persuade pupils to adopt Rosalind and Viola as role models instead of social media stars – The Guardian

The Stage run poll asking: Is the industry currently failing parents who work in it?

Acclaimed director Phyllida Lloyd argues ‘the theatre industry needs to get its “house in order” and make better provisions for working parents.’

Tonic publish resources from 2016 Advance cohort. The Advance process is a six-month period of research, reflection and activity which tasks theatre, dance and opera organisations to take an interrogative and methodical approach to understanding the root causes behind gender imbalance.

Statistics Revealed: Gender Parity In Mainstage Sydney Theatre Company’s 2017 Seasons.

Theatre 2016 conference report including Keynotes in depth: Samuel West: ‘Who will pay for the value that theatre brings to society?’ and Sheena Wrigley: ‘Is it time to dismantle the regional producing house’.

Equity are backing the Equal Representation for Actresses movement, calling for a 50:50 split of male and female roles across television and theatre by 2018.

INTERVIEW: LUCY KERBEL. Five years after establishing TONIC Theatre with a view to pushing the theatre industry to address issues of gender equality, director Lucy Kerbel talks about rectifying the imbalance at every level, from the National Theatre to youth groups. Recorded at the National Theare on 29th February 2016.

A study by Purple Seven reveals the gender gap in theatre is wide, but closing.

Key Findings: Female customers account for 65% of ticket revenue, but only 39% of actors, 36% of directors and 28% of writers of plays performed are women.

Lyn Gardner asks of the lack of female representation in theatre: “Why keep going to the theatre if you seldom see yourself reflected there?” Purple Seven’s new study blends programming, review and box office data to reveal the extent of the gender gap in the theatre – and suggests it isn’t justified.

Nearly half of British people dislike the idea of Hamlet being played by a woman, while a fifth are resistant to black actors taking on the iconic role, according to a new survey. The Stage April 2016

Girl Up: Everyday Sexism Founder Laura Bates Has Written A ‘Survival Guide’ For Young Women – Brogan Driscoll The Huffington Post UK

In June 2015, Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland commissioned Christine Hamilton Consulting (CHC) to undertake rigorous research and consultation into playwriting in Scotland.  This included researching the views of playwrights and other stakeholders – individuals and organisations with the ability to influence and/or be affected by playwriting in Scotland – as well as a short international audit to highlight opportunities and partnerships beyond Scotland.

Equity in Theatre (EIT) released research study, “Achieving Equity in Canadian Theatre: A Report with Best Practice Recommendations,” by Dr. Michelle MacArthur. Are you wondering how women fare in the current climate, and what can be done to help improve the situation? Check out the EIT report to find out.

The Young Women’s Movement Scotland – State of Young Women in Scotland Report 2015 – A groundbreaking piece of research conducted in partnership with social research agency The Lines Between and over 60 young women (aged 16-30), this report explores the realities of life for young women in Scotland and presents a diverse snapshot of the issues affecting Scotland’s young women today.

Women of the World 2016 playlist