Join us in London on November 6-9 for the XXIII Congress of the Worldwide Association of Women Journalists and Writers

Dear friends,

There’s just a week to go to the Congress. We’re all very excited to see delegates, speakers and bursary winners at our opening session on 6 November at the BBC. It’s promising to be really stimulating few days. 
If you have registered, please make sure that you arrive in good time as we have lots of delegates to get into the venues each day. If you no longer need your ticket, please do cancel it on Eventbrite so that someone else can take your place.
There will be venue and AMMPE volunteers available throughout, including Spanish speakers. And of course the organising committee will be there too.
We are really looking forward to seeing you all

Sarah Gibson, 
AMMPE President

XXIII Congress Schedule

We’ve worked hard to put together an amazing programme. Looking for times, venues and panel info? It’s here!

Story telling – why diversity matters

Host: BBC (BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Pl, Marylebone, London W1A 1AA)

Hosted by the BBC, at New Broadcasting House.  Celebrate the art of diverse story telling, with guests from BBC News, Vogue International, gal-dem, Dialogue Books and many more.  

Day one of the Congress includes a keynote speech by the award winning author Elif Shafak & women’s rights activist Dr Helen Pankhurst. Panels will cover issues from frontline journalism and coping with trauma to increasing diversity and how to engage young audiences.  Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to try out a unique virtual reality experience produced by the BBC on the suffragettes and their fight to win the vote for women. 

Journalism Emerging Stories

Host:City, University of London (Northampton Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 0HB)

Hosted by the Department of Journalism at City, University of London.  

Day two will feature both scholarly and professional contributions from across journalism academia and industry.  Speakers will tackle issues related to understanding how and why journalism as a profession is changing.  They will explore gender equality in the newsrooms and on screen, participatory journalism, literary journalism and how long-read formats help promote better journalism.  Discussion panels on the future of freedom of speech in Europe and reporting the Middle East from within will tackle the challenges that face journalists operating in different political, cultural and economic contexts.  Please note that lunch will not be provided on this day.  There will be a drinks reception at the end of the day, sponsored by the Taiwanese Embassy.

In the evening there will be a screening of the film Invisible Battalion, charting the stories of Ukrainian women participating in the war.  The screening will take place at the Frontline Club from 19:00.  Discounted tickets will soon be available to Congress delegates directly from the Frontline Club.


Host: Google  (6 Pancras Square London N1C 4AG United Kingdom)

Hosted by Google at its new King’s Cross campus.  Day three of the Congress focuses on how digital media is changing the way we tell stories and what digital audiences want.  We’ll look at what the opportunities are and how to deal with some of the challenges digital media brings.  There will be workshops throughout the day on virtual reality technologies and Google’s new investigative and verification tools.  And we’ll explore how new technologies can help journalists tell stories differently, with a particular focus on innovation through workshops on virtual reality and investigative/verification tools.  Lunch will be provided.

The Google News Initiative is our effort to work with the news industry to help journalism thrive in the digital age. One part of our effort to build a stronger future for journalism is our online Training Centre, take a look: g.co/newstraining


Host: University of Kent (16 College Rd, Chatham ME4 4QX)

Hosted by the University of Kent’s Centre for Journalism, at the Medway Campus.

On day four we will investigate how to build a truly inclusive media by adding voices from different socio-economic backgrounds, why we should encourage collaborations with local media and more.  There will also be a tour of Medway, Rochester, home and inspiration to the author and journalist Charles Dickens.  Lunch will be provided on the day and there will be a drinks reception at the end of the day.


Special thanks to:

The University of Kent’s Arts and Culture,  the Internationalisation department, the Athena Swan team and Chatham Historic Dockyard

Athena SWAN is an accreditation awarded to Higher Education and Research institutes in UK & Ireland in recognition of their commitment to advancing gender equality. The University of Kent holds a Bronze level award which means we have carried out a wide-ranging gender analysis of our staff profile, recruitment & career development processes, organisational practices & culture & have committed to tackling the issues identified. The Athena SWAN team is delighted to support the Congress and look forward to a day of collaboration, learning and sharing.



Just a small selection of the more than 85 amazing speakers, panellists, and chairs throughout all four days. Want to see the full list? Click here

Elif Shafak

British Turkish novelist Elif Shafak is an award-winning author, the most widely-read female writer in Turkey.  She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published 16 books, 10 of which are novels.

Helen Pankhurst

Dr Helen Pankhurst is a leading women’s rights campaigner. Helen is great-granddaughter of suffragette leader, Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst.

Kelly McEvers

Kelly McEvers is the host of Embedded, NPR’s podcast that takes stories from the news and goes deeper. She has  covered the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, & Southeast Asia, as well as the US.

Charlie Brinkhurst Cuff

Charlie Brinkhurst Cuff is deputy editor at gal-dem, an online magazine written by women of colour. She’s a columnist at iPaper & a freelance journalist for publications including the Guardian.  She focuses on race, feminism, media, youth culture and social politics.

Gonzalo Maza

Gonzalo Maza is an award-winner Chilean screenwriter, director and producer. His film, Una Mujer Fantástica was awarded the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2018. Currently, Gonzalo Maza is finishing his first feature as director.

Bay Fang

Bay Fang is the Executive Editor of Radio Free Asia, supervising coverage across all of Asia. She started her career as the Beijing Bureau Chief for US News and World Report, where she won the Robert F. Kennedy journalism award for her story China’s Stolen Wives

Anabel Hernández

Anabel Hernandez is a leading Mexican investigative journalist who has spent the last 15 years investigating drug trafficking cartels in Mexico and the corruption and abuses of the Mexican government.  

Dorothy Byrne

Dorothy Byrne is Head of News and Current Affairs at Channel4 television. Films she has commissioned have won numerous international Emmy, BAFTA & RTS awards.  In 2018 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Sheffield University.

Beatriz Sánchez

Beatriz Sanchez is an award winning Chilean feminist, journalist and politician. A year ago she quit her job to run in the presidential race in Chile. She headed a new group of parties and leftist movements called Frente Amplio.

The XXIII Congress is being supported by a number of organisations who share our commitment to gender diversity.



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