The book SOMW018 has been presented in Palermo this December (if you missed it read here), and in between I had the chance to meet around 500 students from the high-school Alessandro Volta (http://www.itivolta.pa.gov.it) in Palermo.
The Equal Opportunity Commission, represented by Stella Bertuglia, gave me the space to meet the students 9am to 1pm on the 3rd and the 5th of December. Before the lectures I asked some student to pick from the book a story that strikes them, in which they can actually feel empathy. Empathy and active participation are very important when I build relationships, especially with those young. I met around 500 students in 2 day and I must say I really appreciated the participation of so many people, both teachers, students and janitors; we had the chance to engage debates and discussions about human trafficking, European and Italian contemporary politics, feminism, prostitution and migration. However, I hope for the same good level of cooperation with other schools around Europe.
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The first presentation in Palermo has been GREAT.
The room was almost full and I recived very positive feedback. I had the chance to share my experience and confront myself with others. I particularly enjoyed the contribution of Giusy Tumminelli, sociologist who made an excursus on the female migratory phenomenon in Sicily: in the 70s migrant women arrived in Sicily especially for family reunification (passive subjects of migration), but after the '70s the migratory phenomenon of women took on a certain autonomy in the sense that women begin to emigrate from the oppressed countries for work reasons, women fleeing persecution, wars in their own countries and starting from the sun. A real feminization of migratory flows towards Sicily is created, with the consequent insertion of migrant women in the working sector, above all domestic and then productive but underpaid and with low qualification, with double / triple discrimination. But then there is the prostitution issue which is forced by so many migrants, come unaware in Sicily with the hope of a new life, and instead enter with violence in the circuits of trafficking and sorted in other regions of the country.
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