UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova today welcomed the launch of the Dictionnaire universel des créatrices at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
The Dictionnaire is the product of years of hard work by a team of over 1600 authors, and contains articles on 12,000 women creators from all over the world and in all spheres of life –including politics, history, science, education, art, music, and theatre.
The Director-General, who contributed the preface to the Dictionnaire, underlined the importance of this work , guided by the spirit and values of UNESCO, and its global priority on gender equality. She welcomed this opportunity to raise the visibility of the creativity of women in society, to see them as actors for positive transformation.
The launch was attended by over 400 guests, including the three Directors of the Dictionnaire, Antoinette Fouque, Beatrice Didier and Mireille Calle-Gruber, who presented the book and its inspirations and origins. Edith Cresson, former Prime Minister of France, and Nicole Ameline, the President of the CEDAW Committee, both expressed their support for this work. Many personalities from the world of art were also present, including Nicole Garcia, Catherine Deneuve, and Sonia Rykiel, all to highlight the importance of the Dictionnaire.