Worldwide Association of Women Journalists and Writers
Founded in 1969 in Mexico, by the Mexican writer and journalist Gloria Salas de Calderon, with the participation of 37 countries, the organisation is an association of women journalist and writers groups around the world.
The presidency rotates every two years, and its biannual Congress is held in relevant country. The current presidency is the UK, and the next Congress will be in London.
The goals of the group are:
- to raise awareness of the issues affecting journalism and writing in general, and women in particular
- to promote gender diversity in these areas
- to provide an international network for women writers and journalists.
The current President, Sarah Gibson, is currently Chief Operating Officer at Celebro Media Studios. Previously, she was a senior editor at the BBC World Service, and co-founder of the Global Women in News network in the BBC which has 1,400 members.
The last Congress, in Chile 2016, was attended by around 700 people from around the world and was opened by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. It was hosted in the Catholic University in Santiago. The theme was Journalism: Transparency and Democracy – the impact of digital innovation in mass communication, advertising, literature, social networks and drones.
Journalists and writers from across Latin America, Africa and Asia were represented as well as media companies such as CNN, the BBC and Al-Jazeera, and organisations such as Pen International.