The Founding Members

On 8 March 2007, International Women's Day, the Social and Human Sciences Sector organized a meeting at UNESCO's Headquarters. it was co-chaired by the philosopher and philologist Barbara Cassin, and Moufida Goucha, (former) Chief of the Human Security, Democracy and Philosophy Section at UNESCO. Attending were the Founding Members of the Network based in Paris (see below), Permanent Delegates to UNESCO [PDF, 290 KB] and members of the UNESCO Secretariat [PDF in French, 81 KB].

Everything the participants said and the ensuing discussion all led to the same conclusions regarding the opportunity and the soundness of the idea of setting up such a Network.

As Barbara Cassin emphasized, the Network “will be what we make of it”. This website is designed to respond to what was set into motion that day. It aims to use the diversity of its members' careers, and the wide range of special partnerships that UNESCO offers to their best advantage.

“If such a network is established, then I sincerely hope it will not be a simple structure that limits women philosophers to expressing purely identitarian claims. Philosophy is sexless! Which is why any initiative should be encouraged that calls on women philosophers from all countries – working, of course, with their male counterparts – strongly engaged in reflection on the great challenges and issues of concern to humanity, as well as on research and peace-building”.
H.E. Mrs Aziza Bennani, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of the Kingdom of Morocco to UNESCO. Excerpt from an interview, SHS Views, n°16 [PDF, 893 KB], 2007.


List of the Founding Members
(by alphabetical order):

A
Sylviane AGACINSKI
Séverine AUFFRET

B
Françoise BALIBAR
Hourya BENIS SINACEUR
Gaëlle BERNARD
Tanella BONI
Christine BUCI-GLUKSMANN

C
Monique CANTO-SPERBER
Barbara CASSIN
Catherine CHAMPNIERS
Françoise COLLIN

D
Monique DAVID-MÉNARD
Myriam DENNEHY
Nicole DEWANDRE
Marie-Josèphe DHAVERNAS

F
Anne FAGOT-LARGEAULT
Cynthia FLEURY
Geneviève FRAISSE

G
Christine GOÉMÉ

H
Catherine HALPERN

I
Annie IBRAHIM
Francesca ISIDORI

K
Catherine KINTZLER
Ioanna KUÇURADI

L
Alexandra LAIGNEL-LAVASTINE

M
Robert MAGGIORI
Chantal MOUBACHIR-GÉNIN

P
Ariane POULANTZAS

R
Irène ROSIER CATACH

T
Elisabete THAMER

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