Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for gender equality in film industry

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has called on the film industry to make a greater contribution to gender equality.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has called on the film industry to make a greater contribution to gender equality. Picture: UN

NEW YORK - Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, has called on the film industry to make a greater contribution to advancing gender equality.

The organisation, together with the Geena Davis institute on gender in media - has unveiled the findings of a study which shows the global film industry perpetuates discrimination against women.

The study found that while women represent half of world population, less than one third of all speaking characters are female.

Mlambo-Ngcuka says men, not just in film making, need to help rectify this trend.

"It's not possible to completely to defeat gender inequality if men are not involved, especially because men are seriously implicated in the challenges that we face.

Across the film industry, women comprise nearly 1 in 4 filmmakers behind the camera.