Italy

Open Letter from Multicultural Women to the Italian Prime Minister

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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 reminds that if they were born in the same conditions as part of one or more minority groups, their life would have been even harder.

In any Western society, a middle-class white boy and a daughter of a single migrant mother will probably have different access to education and opportunities. If we want to create an inclusive society, we have to assure that everybody is adequately represented in the public sphere.

This image explains much better than I could ever do why equality doesn’t always mean equity:

equality equity

This is why, when I was given the possibility to sign an open letter to the Italian President of the Council of Ministers from women with migratory backgrounds, I opted in immediately.

Italians haven’t faced a crisis like this since WWII but many women from different backgrounds have been living with this uncertainty on a daily basis in their home countries. They might have many creative ideas to help Italy overcome this crisis. Multicultural women in Italy deserve to have political representation.

You can read the letter below. If you are a woman with a migratory background and you live in Italy, contact me if you want to sign it too.

Let’s help Italy raise from the coronavirus crisis!

READ THE OPEN LETTER IN ENGLISH

Dear Mr. President of the Council of Ministers,

we are a group of Italian women with migratory backgrounds, many of us have lived mainly in Italy and many others have never migrated, we were born and raised here… this is our home. First of all, we would like to ask you to bring our feelings of closeness and gratefulness to those who safeguard the health of the citizens guaranteeing the services of primary necessity. Furthermore, we would like to express our condolences for the loss of many human lives and embrace virtually those who have lost a loved one.

We acknowledged with pleasure that, following the petition of our local colleagues, you expressed the intentions of the Government that you preside to strengthen the presence of professionals in the various institutions responsible for emergency management and recovery plans.

We are writing to ask you to dare even more and to start to insert the concept of inclusion and cultural diversity, to include in the public administration also women like us, Italians with migratory backgrounds.

There are female and male professionals with different origins in Italy who, unfortunately, are not offered the opportunity to make their own contribution to the growth of the country. You see, Mr. President, beyond perceptions, our society is now multicultural even if we struggle to recognize it and represent it as such.

We are sure that the effects of an approach aimed at opening up in this direction will have positive repercussions on the entire country and will allow us all to feel increasingly recognized as active members of the nation to which we belong and which belongs to us, as well as ensuring the adequate attention to the needs of all citizens.

Certain that our words will find in you an attentive listener, we thank you for the attention you will want to give to our request and we remain at your disposal for any clarification and/or comparison that you deem useful.

Signatures of 80 multicultural women in Italy

READ THE OPEN LETTER IN ITALIAN

Egregio Presidente,

Siamo un gruppo di donne italiane con background migratorio, molte di noi hanno vissuto in prevalenza in Italia e molte altre non sono mai migrate, sono nate e cresciute qui… a casa nostra. Innanzitutto le chiediamo di portare i nostri sentimenti di vicinanza e ringraziamento a quanti si sono, e continuano a farlo, spesi per la salvaguardia della salute di noi cittadini e garantire i servizi di primaria necessità. Inoltre, sempre per il suo tramite, vorremmo esprimere il nostro cordoglio per la perdita di tante vite umane ed abbracciare virtualmente quanti hanno perso una persona cara.

Con piacere abbiamo appreso che, in seguito alla petizione delle colleghe autoctone, ha espresso le intenzioni del Governo che Lei presiede di rafforzare la presenza di professioniste nei vari organi preposti alla gestione dell’emergenza e piani di ripresa.

Le scriviamo per chiederle di osare ancor di più ed iniziare ad inserire, anche in ambito di amministrazione pubblica, il concetto di inclusione e diversità culturale, coinvolgendo anche donne come noi, italiane con background migratorio.

In Italia vi sono professioniste e professionisti con origini diverse ai quali, purtroppo, non viene offerta la possibilità di dare il proprio contributo per la crescita del Paese. Vede sig. Presidente, al di là delle percezioni, la nostra società è ormai multiculturale anche se fatichiamo a riconoscerlo e rappresentarla come tale.

Siamo sicure che gli effetti di un approccio volto ad un’apertura in tal senso avrà delle ricadute positive sull’intero Paese e permetterà a noi tutti di sentirci sempre più riconosciuti come membri attivi della Nazione alla quale apparteniamo e che ci appartiene, nonché garantire l’adeguata attenzione verso le esigenze di tutti i cittadini.

Certe che le nostre parole troveranno in Lei un attento ascoltatore, la ringraziamo per l’attenzione che vorrà dare alla nostra richiesta e restiamo a sua disposizione per ogni eventuale chiarimento e/o confronto che ritenesse utile.

Firme di 80 donne multiculturali in Italia


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