In Association with Irish/International PEN
Sunday 18 November
Time: 3.45pm – 4.45pm
Venue: Winter Garden, Smock Alley Theatre
Join Irish PEN to launch International PEN’s Women’s Manifesto in Ireland. As Irish PEN’s Freedom to Write Campaign in association with the Irish Writers Centre WORD group gains momentum, hear about how this manifesto will affect women imprisoned for their words and strengthen our existing campaign.
The founding principle of the PEN Charter asserts that ‘literature knows no frontiers.’ These frontiers were traditionally borders between countries, but for many women the most powerful frontier is the front door. PEN believes that violence against women, in all its forms, creates dangerous forms of censorship. Culture, religion and tradition are repeatedly valued above human rights and used as arguments to encourage or defend harm against women.
Freedom of expression and solidarity among writers are at the heart of PEN and the Irish PEN / WORD Freedom to Write Campaign has focused on writers who have been imprisoned for their words, several of whom have been women.
Join Anne Enright, June Considine, Frank Geary and Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin to launch the PEN Women’s Manifesto and to support Freedom to Write, championing those whose freedom is in danger.