Tuesday, 08 March 2022

Immigrant women and solidarity webs in Milan

Life experiences emerging from qualitative research

Life experiences emerging from qualitative research

There will be a reflection on different life experiences of immigrant women in Milan, starting from qualitative research on the special occasion of the International Women’s Rights Day, on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at 16.00 at Casa della Cultura (via Borgogna n. 3, Milano).

Speakers of the event are:

  • Silvia Carabelli; author of the research, political activist, and Ph.D. student of Politics and Institutions, Catholic University of Milan.
  • Roberto Cornelli, President of Comitato Unico di Garanzia (Unique Garantee Comittee), University of the Studies of Milan-Bicocca
  • Ainom Maricos, manager of the association Cittadini dal mondo (Citizens of the World)
  • Simona Sambati, responsible of culture field, Casa della Carità (Charity House)

Carmen Leccardi, emeritus professor of Culture Sociology at the University of Milan-Bicocca and President of Casa della Cultura, will be coordinating the meeting.

Maria Vittoria Jedlowsk (Conservatoire G.Verdi of Milan) will be in charge of the musical intervents.

The event is organized with the collaboration of the University of Milan-Bicocca Library and is part of the events of CuriosaMente- Cultural encounters in the library.

Focus on the discussed themes

The mediatic narration gives a very shallow and thus false image of migrations, particularly of migrant and immigrant women that are almost invisible. We are rarely given a gendered reading of migrating phenomena and, even if women are taken into consideration, they are almost always portrayed as victims.

This very partial narration of migrations doesn't make any justice to the lives of the people involved

nor to the complexity of the migration phenomenon. In Milan, for example, people with non-Italian citizenship on December 31 2019 are 256.448 and represent 18.2% of the population. Of those, 49.9% are women (ISTAT 2019), although it’s very rare to talk about female migration.

The choice of the “lense” of solidarity, through which the 26 narrating interviews have been conducted for the research, allowed to put under the spotlight the sources with migrant women faces various forms of discrimination they are daily exposed to. The telling of these solidarity practices allowed them to give agency and voice back to the interviewed women, noticing the dominating mediatic narration that gives them the role of passive victims or invisible subjects.

Take part in the event

To enroll, we ask you to fill in the online form.

The participants must have a reinforced Green Pass for Covid-19 and wear an FFP2 mask.

Follow the event online

If you live outside Milan, you can follow the event in streaming.