CATALONIA TODAY THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2008 THE WEEK Catalonia 5 TV3 seeks to reverse declines Women bump into glass ceiling Rosa Cullell takes over public broadcasting agency Many women with further education in Catalonia opt for domestic life CATALONIA TODAY ● The new director of the or- BRADEN PHILLIPS ganisation that manages Catalo- ● A new study says over 32,000 nia’s public TV and radio women with further education stations said she would try to re- in Catalonia have abandoned verse declines in audience the workplace for lack of ad- numbers by putting a priority equate employment. on sports and entertainment "Women are more underem- programming, and by reaching ployed than men at a time when out to immigrants who typically they are better prepared than opt for other outlets. Cullell at press conference/A. Puig ever," said Oriol Homs, director "I’m approaching this job of Fundació Centre d’Iniciatives with the desire to be the leader, In contrast to entertainment, i Recerques Europees a la Medi- not with the idea of looking on however, the network’s news terrània (CIREM), which con- while we lose audience," said programming has maintained ducted the study. Rosa Cullell, head of the Corpo- its status as the audience leader. While some companies may ració Catalana de Mitjans Au- Cullell also said she would re- still hesitate to hire women who diovisuals, which oversees TV3 inforce the impartiality of in- either have children or plan on Women are more underemployed than men, a new study says/EUDALD PICAS and Catalunya Ràdio. formation provided by Catalan doing so, other factors are at In her first press conference, public TV and Catalunya Radio. work, too. Despite the progress eering, or jobs that require travel said that along with a greater in- Cullell stressed the need to The political use of Catalonia’s made by women in the work- and long hours that make it hard vestment in education and widen audiences at TV3, which public airwaves is a contentious place, most companies are to combine domestic and pro- training, Catalan society needs in recent years has seen its share issue, with nationalist parties dominated by men who, com- fessional demands – but there take greater advantage of its of the Catalan audience drop to saying it promotes the current pared with many other coun- are other more social factors." underutilised talent. an average 15% from 24%. administration, calling it "Tele- tries in Europe, have been slower Homs said women are very Homs would like to see a more Gaining viewers is not easy, montilla," a reference to the So- to accept women in positions of poorly represented at the hig- open debate on the role of she added, because audiences cialist president of Catalonia, higher responsibility. hest job levels, and, when they women in society. If women are are increasingly fragmented. José Montilla, and with the So- "This is changing, especially are, they earn half the salaries to use their full potential, he "The public is going to the cialists fearing the domination because women are pushing to men do for the same work. says, there are certain costs in- competition in search of enter- of a nationalist agenda. change the situation, but it’s Homs said the problem of volved to adapt to their dual do- tainment," she said. Apart from The recent appointment of slower than it should be," said underemployment for women mestic and professional respon- a reference to "new communi- journalist Mònica Terribas as di- Homs. "There are intrinsic fac- hurts Catalonia’s competitive- sibilities. cations platforms" to win young rector of TV3 seemed to please tors in the workplace – jobs that ness, and costs the Catalan econ- "But women are not the ones audiences, she offered no pro- the nationalists more than the are seen as masculine, like con- omy the equivalent of 0.5% of its who should be paying the price," gramming specifics. Socialists. struction, transport or engin- domestic product in 2006. He he said. Cannabis use down among teens GERARD ARIÑO to having smoked marijuana at cohol consumption, on the ● Marijuana use among adoles- least once during the previous 30 other hand, increased. More cents in Catalonia between the days, while in 2004 it was 30.4%. alarmingly, the survey indicated ages of 14 to 18 has dropped for For the Catalan health min- a sharp jump in the number of the first time in 12 years. ister, Mariana Geli, this decrease teens who take over-the-counter According to the most recent proves that "prevention works." tranquilisers. The number of data provided by the Departa- Tobacco and cocaine use minors who had tried these ment de Salut, 25.5% of teen- among minors aged 14-18 also drugs was over 10% for the first agers surveyed in 2006 admitted fell in the same time period. Al- time ever. The dancing egg A protest sign hung in Barcelona’s port by striking fishermen/ Andreu Puig ● The dancing egg, or L’ou com balla, is a Catalan tradi- tion that celebrates Corpus Fishermen strike over high fuel Christi. Balancing on a jet of water that rises and falls, the EVA GARCIA PAGÁN hermen. "It is something that af- egg looks like it’s about to fall ● Fishermen in Barcelona and fects all European ports and if but never does. The mesmeris- other coastal towns in Catalonia, the Generalitat gives Madrid as ing sight has mysterious ori- including Port de la Selva and an excuse and Madrid doesn’t gins – some say Italy, others say Roses, have joined colleagues in do anything, then we have to the Orient – and a scientific France in their protest over the look to Europe to deal with the basis in the fluid dynamics of exorbitant rise in fuel prices. problem on a supranational the 18th century Swiss scientist They are the first in Spain to join level." Daniel Bernoulli. Emptied and the international protest by re- But fuel prices are not the only then sealed with wax, the egg fusing to set sail. concern of local fishermen. The represents the Eucharist, The strike, which began on Confraderia de Pescadors of which is why it is tied to the May 26, is indefinite and could Sant Telm d’Arenys is also pro- Corpus Christi feast days. The lead to a shortage of fish in the testing against "the reduced size tradition is observed over five city’s markets by the weekend. of fish stocks, the environmental days at a handful of places in "This isn’t a problem isolated impacts of demographic press- Barcelona, including the to Catalan fishermen," ex- ures on the coast and the cathedral and Ateneu. plained Josep Garcia, spokes- negative effects of globalisation man for the Barcelona fis- on the market."