French journalist and author: Annick Cojean Australia Tour

The Alliance Française organised Annick Cojean's Australia Tour. Senior reporter for French daily newspaper Le Monde and one of France’s most widely admired journalists.

She chairs the committee for the Prix Albert Londres, (the French equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize) which she won in 1996 for her series of five reports entitled 'Les Mémoires de la Shoah' (Memoires from the Holocaust).


In her latest book, Je ne serais pas arrivée là si...27 femmes racontent (I would not have arrived there if ... 27 women tell), Annick Cojean pays tribute to her recently deceased mother, and also to 27 other women she has interviewed, including Patti Smith, Joan Baez, Marianne Faithfull, Brigitte Bardot, Nicole Kidman, as well as prominent writers and politicians.


Cojean recognises these women as inspiring – identifying them all as, being able to speak with sincerity about the obstacles they faced in life, their dreams, an ability to embrace chaos, and a resilience to change.


While the interviews were conducted before the #MeToo phenomenon, they resonate the sentiment that we can make a difference to women's lives, but they must be given a platform. Cojean feels that so often the floor has been given to men, such that in her own work as a journalist, she aims to focus on women and their stories. 


Annick Cojean was involved in the documentary Le Cri étouffé , directed by Manon Loizeau, which investigated rape as a political weapon during the Syrian Civil War (see below). Her book Gaddafi's Harem, uncovered the systematic rape and torture of women during Muammar Gaddafi's regime.


The Alliance Française is delighted to be hosting a discussion with one of France’s most widely admired journalists, Annick Cojean, about her work and career, inspiring women and the #MeToo movement.

Wednesday 20 February
6:30pm - 8pm

Alliance Française de Melbourne

51 Grey Street, St Kilda, St Kilda, Victoria 3182

Moderator: Isabelle Mangeot-Hewison
Discussion in English
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Listen to Annick Cojean

Australia Tour organised by The Alliance Française.

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