International PEN

PEN International
PEN Internacional

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1921-10 London UK


Founded by Mrs C A Dawson Scott, under presidency of John Galsworthy. Most recent constitution passed Jul 1979, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Amended 1988 Cambridge; 1998 Helsinki (Finland). Initials 'PEN' originally stood for poets, playwrights, essayists, editors and novelists; but radio and television scriptwriters, translators, historians and other writers engaged in any branch of literature and who accept the PEN Charter are currently eligible for membership.


As a world association of writers, editors and translators in all branches and classes of literature, journalism, poetry, drama, fiction, history, biography, science, translation and philosophy, promote and maintain friendship and intellectual cooperation among writers and readers in all countries in the interests of literature, freedom of expression and international goodwill; enable the unhampered transmission of thought within and among nations. PEN's Charter affirms that literature should remain common currency in spite of political or international upheavals and that works of art are the property of humanity at large.


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Assembly of Delegates (annual); Executive Board. Committees (4): Writers in Prison; Translations and Linguistic Rights; Writers for Peace; Women Writers.


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GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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