May 2020

Cross-cultural awarenessItaly

New Creative Greetings in Italy (Bonus: Kissing Cheat Sheet)


Italy is no longer on lockdown and since May 18th we can meet our friends again. As you probably know, the Italian way of greeting is two kissed on the cheek, starting from the right. But we can't do it anymore because of the physical distancing. How are you supposed to greet people now? Since Monday I witnessed and experienced three different greeting practices: Elbow bump People on Italian television...

Cross-cultural awareness

Where Can We Find Hope in Uncertainty Times? Cultural and Generational Perspective

Photo by United Nations COVID-19 Response

While making our wishes on New Years' Eve we had no idea how fiercely would 2020 throw us out from the comfort zone. We were prepared and up to a certain point desensitized to local disasters. Especially when they happened in places that we perceived as remote. But this scale of health, economic, and emotional Force Majeure event? It was something new for most of us. Where can we find...


Open Letter from Multicultural Women to the Italian Prime Minister

Photo by CoWomen

One of the major insights in my life happened when I discovered intersectionality. For those unfamiliar with the term, it is a theoretical framework for understanding how aspects of one's social and political identities (gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, etc.) might combine to create unique modes of discrimination. It doesn't mean that the members of majority groups don't get discriminated against or oppressed. This framework acknowledges their struggles too and...