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Speech by Alice Bah Kuhnke at the Women in the Creative Industries Day

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London, 9 March 2016.
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Distinguished members of the panel, ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great honour for me to participate in this third edition of the Women in the Creative Industries Day, as part of this year's Women of the World Festival.

I am proudly standing in front of you today, as a Minister of a feminist government. In fact, you should all be proud, because the achievements of the brave collective struggle throughout history, which you in this room are all a part of, have paved the way for me to gain such an office. For that I am thankful, and inspired, although not at all satisfied.

As was mentioned in my introduction, I am Minister both for Culture and for Democracy. I have often been asked what the connection is between these two policy areas. This question has not one but many answers. Let me give you one that shines a light on the importance of our discussion here today.

The ideas, products, services and values generated in the culture and creative sectors are part of the solution to challenges facing society today. With that being said, it is important to admit, that this sector has almost the same inequality issues as the society it is part of. For example, not even a third of the managers in cultural and creative industries are women. Compared with the average of all business sectors, it is better, but far from satisfying.

The Swedish Government strongly believes in the importance that people throughout the country and in all parts of society are offered opportunities to take part in arts and culture and to discover their own creativity. For it is a fundamental principle that arts and culture have a value in themselves, for every individual that makes contact with it. This is the core of what it means being Minister both for Culture and for Democracy.

To achieve gender equality in the cultural sector, the Swedish Government sees the importance of taking concrete measures to tackle current imbalances. Five government agencies in Sweden, representing different fields of art, carry a special assignment to work with methods to foster equality today. But we also need to mainstream gender issues in all sectors. So that when the children of today grow up to be professionals in the creative sector, they will have chosen the paths they want to tread, and not those paths others have put them on.

To get everybody on the same starting-point, we need knowledge of specific obstacles that a specific group encounter. Therefore I am looking forward to listen to you all today. I am so happy that a renowned cultural institution such as Southbank Centre is so committed to opening up new paths for everyone, regardless of sex and gender.

I am also happy that Southbank Centre will be the stage for a big Nordic cultural event all through 2017, where cultural actors from the Nordic countries will get the chance to dissect issues such as gender equality.

And lastly, I am extremely glad to be here today and to let myself be inspired of the great minds you have gathered.

Thank you all!

Ministers on this page who have left the government

Between 3 October 2014 and 20 January 2019 she was Minister for Culture and Democracy.

Ministers on this page who have left the government

Between 3 October 2014 and 20 January 2019 she was Minister for Culture and Democracy.