DONNE INDIANE, DONNE OGGI / INDIAN WOMEN, WOMEN TODAY

Wednesday 11th March 2015
Sala Alessi, Palazzo Marino – Milan

In occasion of the International Women’s Day, the Italian Hindu Union organized a seminar “Indian women, women today” which took place on 11 March at Palazzo Marino, Milan. e seminar some Indian women living in Italy shared with the audience their experience of integration in the Italian society.

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The seminar provided an occasion to reflect on the feminine strength and femininity in the Indian culture and in the contemporary society drawing ideas from a diverse panel of experts which included Ms. Emanuela Nava (writer); Svamini Umananda (President, Chinmayananda Mission, France); Ms. Donatella Dolcini (Professor, University of Milan); Ms. Radha Gupta (Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, Italy); Ms. Sabrina Ciolfi (Professor, University of Milan) and Ms. Latha Gandini (Doctor).



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A NGO NARI was also officially launched during the event. NARI is an association dedicated to the welfare of the Indian community with particular attention to address problem of the women of the Indian community in Italy.

The seminar was organized with the patronage of the Municipality of Milan, UNAR (National Office against the Racial Discrimination) and the Consulate General of India, Milan. On behalf of Mayor of Milan, Prof. Francesca Zajczyk, Professor of Bicocca University delivered a congratulatory address. Ms. Cristiana Russo of UNAR highlighted the efforts of UNAR to end discrimination against immigrants. Consul General Manish Prabhat assured support of the Consulate to such good initiatives to hel women. Ms. Ruchi Narain, spouse of Consul General, informed the audience of establishment of the Women’s Wing of the Indian Association to provide a platform for Indian women in northern Italy.
The event ended with a beautiful kuchipudi performance by Atmananda of Swami Gitananda Ashrma, Altare (Savona).

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Sono intervenute docenti universitarie – Sabrina Ciolfi e Donatella Dolcini dell’Università di Milano – la scrittrice Emanuela Nava, personalità del mondo religioso come la Presidente della Chinmaya Mission in Francia Swamini Umananda e Radha Gupta della Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University Onlus in Italia.

Di grande arricchimento per l’evento sono state le numerose testimonianze di donne indiane immigrate da anni in Italia che amano il nostro paese e allo stesso tempo mantengono le loro origini, le loro specificità culturali e religiose e che desiderano valorizzare questo patrimonio per esprimere al meglio il loro ruolo nella società.

In conclusione, la forza della femminilità secondo la tradizionale concezione induista si è manifestata ai presenti nella danza, in stile classico kuchipudi, che narra a storia della Divinità femminile Durga che sconfigge il terribile demone Mahisha.

L’evento ha aderito all’iniziativa “Posto Occupato”, tenendo libero un posto in prima fila, dedicato alle vittime di femminicidio.

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