Scottish arts companies sign gender pledge

Half of board members to be women by 2020

Scotland's major performing companies have signed a gender balance pledge.

Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera, Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO), the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) and National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) have all formally promised that by 2020, 50% of their board members will be women

They have signed up to the Scottish Government’s '50/50 by 2020' campaign.

Equalities Secretary Angela Constance said “By signing up to our 50/50 by 2020 pledge Scotland’s national performing companies are recognising the need for true gender equality, and are helping us shatter the glass ceiling once and for all.

RSNO chief executive Krishna Thiagarajan said they were already close to a gender balance across all areas.

He said: “The RSNO has a close-to 50/50 gender split among its musicians, administrative staff and board of directors, simply through a process of identifying the valuable members the organisation requires to deliver positive results.

“Throughout its history the RSNO has always been a trailblazer in this matter, and has recruited women to important positions as early as the 1930s.

 

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