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:
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.
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.