Dear friends and colleagues:

As I mentioned in our year-end video, also published here, we are about to leave 2021 behind and are on the threshold of 2022, an important year for us as we approach our XXIV Congress in Rome, to be held from September 14 to 18. We are hoping this will be an in-person event.

When I took up the position of President in 2019, I did not imagine (maybe no one did) that we would be facing the global threat of Covid 19. After a brief period of uncertainty, we were able to leave our worldwide confinement and begin gathering the necessary funding to continue our work through the various platforms available to us.

As President, I am happy to say I received support from a great number of women in our group. This solidarity has become the norm for us as an organization and has allowed us to carry on with our events. To me this proves that challenges can become an incentive as we move forward.

Among other accomplishments, we were able to hold virtual meetings in which top panelists discussed issues of great importance to us, including sexism in the media and the issue of sexual aggression against women journalists. We also covered other topics related to our genre, including various forms of violence against women, and the issue of women in the midst of the pandemic.

In addition, we were able to carry the voice of AMMPE to several international discussion groups, the most recent one last November in Barcelona. These forums allowed us to define the role of feminism on opposite banks of the Mediterranean. A similar event was, “Waiting for the G-20 Women,” organized by the Italian town hall of Santa Margherita Ligure. This discussion group took place during the World Leaders’ Summit, which concluded with a group photograph in which no woman was present, sadly reflecting the uneven balance of genre in world leadership now that Angela Merkel has retired from public service.

Rejoicing as a group and transmitting from our computers all over the world, we wish to send our heartfelt congratulations to our Philippine colleague, Maria Ressa for her well-deserved Nobel Peace Prize. We also denounce violent instances throughout the world and stand by colleagues who have been victims of assault, including Italian correspondent for the RAI network, Lucia Goracci, who was kidnapped and beaten by an anti-vaccer senator from Rumania; and Jenny Perez, who was violently attacked by followers of Chilean political leader, Jose Antonio Kast after an interview for the German DW network.

Dear friends and colleagues, this has been a challenging time and we must now work toward an important goal: organizing our next Congress in Rome. Beginning now and until September of 2022 we need to work together with the same dedication and energy as we have until this moment. We must leave our difficulties behind and focus on the path ahead, for as the renowned poet from Seville extolled: “We make our path by walking forward!”

Patricia Mayorga Marcos

Rome, January 1, 202