Litcam Conference 2013
KfW Stiftung's new sponsorship project Cairo Short Stories was launched at the International LitCam Conference 2013 on Literacy and Gender. Education is the prerequisite for social inclusion and cultural exchange. The struggle for equal rights for women and men must take account of inequalities at the level of access to education in developing and emerging countries and of achievement in industrialised countries. As the LitCam Conference's main sponsor, KfW Stiftung welcomed international guests from politics, NGOs, academia and the arts who shared their views on this issue and took part in a broad discussion about the global challenges ahead. Widening access to educational opportunities is also a precondition for a flourishing literary culture. At the conference, the Cairo Short Stories project was introduced and discussed by its director, the author Abbas Khider, the managing director of KfW Stiftung, Dr. Bernd Siegfried, and the Indian publisher Urvashi Butalia (with Kristin Zeier from Deutsche Welle as moderator).
LitCam (Frankfurt Book Fair Literacy Campaign) is an organisation that promotes literacy, basic education and media literacy at an international level. It was founded in 2006 by the Frankfurt Book Fair in cooperation with the German literacy association Bundesverband Alphabetisierung und Grundbildung e. V. and the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning. In 2010, LitCam was registered as a not-for-profit organisation.