HISTORY ,OBJETIVES AND ORGANIZATION
THE WORLD ASSOCCIATION OF WOMEN JOURNALISTS AND WRITERS (or A.M.M.P.E by its Spanish initial ) was founded at its first world congress held in Mexico City in May 1969. Ms. Gloria Salas de Calderon, a Mexican writer, joined by other renowned women journalists and writers from thirty-six countries declared the birth of AMMPE in that gathering and Calderon was elected as the first International President of AMMPE.
The International Board of AMMPE is formed by 37 members of National Chapters. President of each National Chapter is the designate member of AMMPE's International Board.
★ Develop Professional skills of its members through training, conference and congress.
★ Promote friendship among communicators of the world.
★ Support its members with professional opportunities.
★ Organize journalism contests and exchanges.
★ Advocate freedom of the press.
The International Board meets annually to evaluate proposals from AMMPE chapter members regarding press developments and idea exchanges. The international congress is held biannually to pursue AMMPE objectives and develop friendships among members.
So far nineteen international conferences have taken place in different cities of its member countries:
The venues and themes of each international congress are as follows:
I - Mexico (1969) ─ Evolution of women journalists in the Americas.
II - Washington and New York (1971) ─ Drug problems were analyzed.
III - Tel Aviv and Jerusalem (1973) ─ Problems of modern society , women's influence in economy and changes in family value.
IV - South Korea (1977) ─ Media influence on children'.
V - Puerto Rico (1979) ─ Confidence in media and how journalists perform to maintain its credibility.
VI - Cannes, France (1981) ─ Journalistic ethics and the impact of rumor-reporting.
VII - Cleveland U.S.A (1983) ─ Social and Informational change under new technology application.
VIII - Mexico (1985) ─ Aborted due to the earthquake.
IX - Laval City, Canada (1988)─ The power of written language and body language in search of human potential.
X - Guadalajara, Mexico (1991) ─ How to protect human ecology through journalistic efforts.
XI - Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria (1993) ─ The positive influence of women journalists in social development and preserving family values.
XII - Santiago, Chile (1995) ─ Journalism challenges in face of technological innovations.
XIII - Taipei, Taiwan R.O.C.(1996) ─ Media and Feminism in 21st century.
XIV - Athens ,Greece (1998) ─ The Value of Education in 21st century journalism.
XV - Acapulco, Mexico (2002) ─ Freedom of the press ; Globalization and new technology in everyday's communication.
XVI - Salamanca, Spain(2004) ─ The Power and the Media.- Ethics, Duties and Rights of Communicators.
XVII - Taipei, Taiwan R.O.C. (2006) ─ Media in The Internet Age
XVIII - Santiago, Chile (2008) ─ Exchanged views on communications and journalism in the digital age
XIX - Buenos Aires, Argentina (2010) ─ Towards a new paradigm for communication in the digital age. The challenges of equity
XX - Taichung, Taiwan (2012) ─ In the Era of So Lo Mo : How Digitalization has changed the Media World & Literary Creation
XXI - Querétaro, México (2014) – Women: the other side of history. The role of women in the World.
XXII - Santiago, Chile (2016) – "Journalism: transparency and democracy” The impact of digital innovation in mass communication, advertising, literature, social networks and drones.
XXIII - London, UK. (2018) – Telling the whole story; a complex world needs all its story tellers.
Today, in its 43th founding anniversary, AMMPE still has 18 active member countries hosting different activities regularly. Mexico is AMMPE's permanent headquarters as well as the site of AMMPE's General Secretariat because of her founding character.