Women in AV Australia aim for equality
Women in AV Australia aims to increase the number of women working in the industry, reduce the gender gap and address the skills shortage in the audio-visual industry.
The group has launched its community Facebook Page as a forum to provide communication, education and networking. Its goal is to connect and support women currently working in the industry, and ultimately encourage and inspire more girls and women to develop a career in the audio-visual industry.
“I hold firm to the notion that ‘you can’t be what you can’t see’ and currently due to the under representation of women in the industry, young girls are not encouraged or inspired to work in audio-visual,” said Toni McAllister from AV1.
“We need to create a platform where women in the industry can unite and connect with one another. And we need the support of both genders to see change happen.”
Mathew Haynes, technical Manager at International Convention Centre Sydney, says being part of a driving change to create more gender diversity within the industry “is an exciting opportunity”.
“We need to change the mindset around how we as an industry appeal to the younger demographic, especially females, in order to drive this great industry forward,” he said.
The group has the support of a number of companies across the industry all working together including AV1, Scene Change Australia, AV 24/7, International Convention Centre Sydney and AVPartners.