Variety to Host Cannes Panel on Gender Equality

Variety has partnered with UN Women in support of their HeForShe campaign to host a landmark panel on the subject of gender equality at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday.

Moderated by Variety’s editor in chief Claudia Eller, the discussion will include actress Salma Hayek, Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and “Carol” producers Christine Vachon and Elizabeth Karlsen, whose lesbian drama stars Cate Blanchett and premieres this Sunday.

“The issue of gender equality within our industry has rarely been in greater need of frank and open discussion,” Variety publisher Michelle Sobrino said. “We’re proud to partner with UN Women and to welcome some of the industry’s leading creative voices to impart their experiences and insights on this imperative issue.”

Co-moderator of the panel, Elizabeth Nyamayaro of UN Women, added: ‘Following the launch of last year’s Emma Watson-fronted HeForShe campaign, the empowerment of women within the film space has been under a greater spotlight than ever before. Our partnership with Variety in this initiative keeps the momentum rolling, and offers a platform for some of cinema’s leading female filmmakers and performers to have their say at the industry’s most prestigious festival.”

Saturday’s event will be held at the Radisson Blu in Cannes.

For more information on HeForShe click here.

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