Press Release, 12-11-2003

Feminist Media Coverage of European Social Forum

From November the 12th to the 16th, an international feminist media team will cover the second European Social Forum (ESF) and the European Assembly for Women’s Rights that precedes it in Paris. Live daily coverage of the social, political and cultural event will be available on the websites of European and North American WomenAction (ENAWA): The media work will take various forms: written as well as audio and visual material will be available on the site throughout the event. Issues related to the situation of women in Europe will be the focus of attention.

ENAWA partners Les Pénélopes in France and the International Information Centre and Archives (IIAV) in the Netherlands and feminist journalists from central and Eastern Europe will work cooperatively to produce daily media coverage in English and French. The journalists - academics and representatives of NGOs - will report on issues such as economic alternatives, equality, violence, the state of labor market, communication in society, nationalism and patriarchy from a feminist perspective.

Les Pénélopes will also organize various workshops and seminars with their Eastern and Central European partners throughout the event. For example, a workshop to teach the use of open source software SPIP (software that enables the construction of a web page, allowing workshop participants to set up their own websites). The workshop will take place at the House of the Metalworkers on November 15th in Paris.

The sites and will bring news, reports and highlights of the ESF to their visitors during the event. Also a daily electronic mailing is available. To subscribe please send an email to: [email protected].

Note for Media:
During the event, Lin McDevitt-Pugh (Program Director, Department of International Cooperation of the IIAV) will be present at ESF and can be interviewed. To reach her, please call: +31-(0) 615 04 84 68.

This message has been published by the IIAV's Communication & PR department
For questions or more information please contact: [email protected] or phone: +31 (0)20 6651318.