This photograph shows a participant at a tailoring course in Rome. The initiative aims to bring women asylum seekers and immigrants from around the world to form friendships, make them independent and discover integration possibilities in the Italian capital.
The course is being conducted by the NGO CIDIS NGO together with the Waldensian Church and the women’s group, Lucha y Siesta.
The program’s main aim is not to find work for the women, the head of the Lazio region branch of CIDIS, Pamela Aquilani, said. Instead, ”it aims to bring to light a new part of the city.’
Thirty-hour course for exchange and independence
The 30-hour course is being held throughout the month of March and 11 women are taking part. ”The girls learn to make bags and pillows and mend clothing, but above all they have the chance to discover the existence of the women’s organization Lucha y Siesta. If they are interested in continuing in this direction, they have a reference point with people willing to listen,” Aquilani said.
”We feel it is important to open doors for all women. In a class with different nationalities, the girls can get to know each other and be encouraged to learn the language,” she added. The participants also include women who are waiting for a response from local officials about whether they will be granted protection.
The course is part of a broader project entitled “Shamima Va in Città” [Italian for Shamima goes to town] by CIDIS and the Waldensian Church, which, according to Aquilani,”aims to help the women discover Rome.” The project focuses especially on the Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Indian communities in Rome, but the initiatives are open to all women “at the risk of social marginalization.” Among the activities is an Italian language course in the Centocelle area of Rome that 30 women took part in and that will continue until May. “In addition to the course, we hold meetings to discuss women’s reproductive health, healthcare, their rights and work,” Aquilani said.
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