International PEN

PEN International
PEN Internacional

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Oct 1921, London (UK), by Mrs C A Dawson Scott, under presidency of John Galsworthy, as International PEN -- Fédération internationale des PEN clubs (PEN) -- Federación Internacional de PEN Clubs -- Internationaler Verband der PEN Klubs. Most recent constitution passed July 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. UK Registered Charity: 1010627.


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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Events/meetings. Committees (4): PEN Writers in Prison Committee - works for the release of writers imprisoned for expressing their opinions - Foundation PEN Emergency Fund, based in the Netherlands, gives practical aid to the dependents of imprisoned or harassed writers; Translations and Linguistic Rights Committee - encourages translation from and between minority languages; Writers for Peace Committee; International PEN Women Writers Committee (IPWWC).


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Consultative Status

African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) (Observer); United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Special); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (Associate Status).

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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 12 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 103 countries
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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender Equality



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