Prior to their forums in Auckland and Wellington,The Screen Women's Action Group (SWAG) asked guilds for a paragraph on what they have done to date about this issue. Here's what NZCS put forward:
"NZCS believes that discrimination, bullying, and any form of harassment in the screen industry should be addressed and supports industry-wide initiatives in this area. To date NZCS has put its weight behind the proposed combined guilds code of ethics in the screen industry which we anticipate will cover these topics and the work of ScreenSafe in this area. NZCS recognises that NZ cinematography, like overseas cinematography is currently gender imbalanced and this year is stepping up the Camera Pathways programme to help address this issue by attracting more women into cinematography."
We are pleased that one of our highly respected cinematographers, Ginny Loane is on the panel at the SWAG forum in Auckland, and at least two of our women committee members have indicated they also will be attending, so NZCS will be well represented.