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by Pam_fem | August 12, 2010 at 1:20 AM
Of Gender Inequalities and other Demons
women's rights, arabic world and culture, energy efficiency, children
My Areas of Expertise:
poverty,gender, sustainable development
Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!
It’s so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fabulous time with your new online friends as well as find this to be a very positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.
Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!
thank you for welcoming me!. I am so excited to have joined this community, I am just at the beginning of this new e-adventure but I fell already committed and happy!. This is a great opportunity to share my passion for women's rights, to exchange informations experiences and building bridges. I am going to be really active on this profile and to use all the features and tools available. I hope you will enjoy reading my journal
Welcome to the World Pulse. It is amazing having another Italian girl/woman here on the site.
I read that you are interested in the ARabic culture. So we have something in common. My son is growing up between three cultures: Arabic - German - Italian. Eventhough I am not living with his father any more, he has the chance to see him during summer holidays. It is not easy for my son jumping from his culture to that of his father because it's quite different on some aspects. Where does your interest for Arabic culture derive from?
Would be interesting exchanging experiences within the Arabic world.
Actually I am working in the project of empowerment of migrant women in Bolzano / Italy and we offer migrant women help in orienting in the variety of institutions present on the territory. Furthermore, I deal with migration - citizenship From the legal point of view and I do research and work on Human trafficking.
What field are you actually working in?
Would be interesting to read more about you.
Peace to you
thank you for welcoming me in this network. It seems a great e-adventure.
I guess for your son is difficult to jump between cultures and live across them but...who knows more cultures and languages has more souls. it enriches people, he is lucky. I began to study arabic by chance, I mean I had thought it was an "exotic language" and then I decided to attend some arabic classes. I was just curious. Immediately I felt in love with the language and the culture behind it. I have studied economics therefore was not so easy to spend time to learn arabic but I managed to find some time. It takes time to learn some arabic but thougher is the challange, more rewarding is the result. Two years ago I spent one month in Yemen to study arabic and to force myself to speak it. I discovered an amazing country and I met there amazing people especially women. Yemen is a really traditional country, with many paradoxes. Since then I have read as much as possible about women's rights in the middle east and about Islam. I have just finished a internship in Vienna in an NGO dealing with women's rights. I did the background research for a project about the integration of muslim young girls in Europe. I think the integration policies, the "clash of civilizations", between Islam and Europe is one of the most interesting issue nowadays. I am back to Italy to finish my master's thesys, I hope my future field of work will be women's rights. Congratulations and good luck for your work, it is really important to support immigrant women they face a double discrimination as migrant and as women and empowering them has the double positive effect of improving their status and the chances for their children. Please, feel free to be a mentor for me on worldpulse and in the NGO world in Italy. Have you got any tips?.
thank you for your prompt reply, it is really interesting what you did during your life and the challenges you were up to.
I know that it is not very easy to study Arabic. I studied it myself and I experienced how many different types of Arabic there are all around the Arabic and Muslim world. In Yemen, Syria and Egypt it is easy to get along with the ARabic studied in courses because it is the Arabic taught in school and the language of the Qur'an. But if you go to countries like Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco you don't jump very far with school Arabic. That was my personal experience when I was staying with the family of my son's father. Apart from that many people in the little village they lived in did not go to school, especially elderly people. The young generation was more lucky because parents understood the importance of school and education in life and so girls and boys attended school. That was good because so I could communicate with them and understand more fully the culture.
And Moroccan Arabic is even more different. So with the ARabic studied I did not come very far. Now that I am working with migrant women, we have many women from Marocco and Pakistan. And it is quite difficult to find some common ground from the linguistical point of view. Most of our project actually is focused on language classes for migrant women and accompanying them on the territory. Furthermore, in September we will start again the project of helping mothers and children understand the Italian school system, especially the topic: Homework that is not very familiar to Pakistani or Arabic women because in their countries the children stay at school the whole day and do the homework there. And sometimes women don't feel at ease because they can not help their children in school because sometimes they are nearly illiterate themselves.
It is always a problem with the financial sustain by region and province. As you surely know the economic means are getting less and less for integration and projects aiming at integration and migration. So it always depends on our budget what other issues we can insert into our project.
You wrote to me that you did an internship in Vienna at an NGO dealing with women rights. Could you please tell me the name of the NGO? Maybe I know it.
Now that you are back in Italy what are doing or working at, apart of your thesis? Do still collaborate with some NGOs? Woould be great to exchange and share experiences on the issue of integration, women rights because these are topics that everybody tends to skip because they don't bring electoral benefits to politicians. And so women always remain discriminated in their rights and being and live in the shadow, marginalized double: in their native culture and abroad.
And the migration issue is being so much strumentalized by the media and politics that people are fed up of it. They created monsters out of people while the real monsters are the politicians. They implemented fear and distrust against people who are different and made people become racist even if they were not before.
Pamela, I wish you a nice weekend and hope to read from you soon. If you wish you can contact me on mobile, too: 328-0247505.
I am so glad to discover your story, so rich so complex so charming. I was working at women without borders, here in Italy I haven't never worked in a NGO, I hope I will after I graduate. I know the NGOs are suffering they are out of money, with the recession the donations are shrinking. It is really unbelievable that one of the foremost concern for people are immigrants, and there is so few attention for integration policies. I would love to discuss with you these issues, I am calling you soon. It is great to know about good projects running,
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