At the Italian school of Montespertoli (province of Florence), a final event took place on the morning of June 6th to conclude the Italian course and the mentoring activities of the WEMIN project. Many migrant women attended the classes. The women were happy about the opportunities offered by the school. The event was organized at the end of Ramadan, so all of them were able to participate and celebrate together. However, the ladies requested that their faces do not appear in the pictures to protect their privacy, feeling that this was a confidential moment to share time in a group that has strengthened its ties over time. During the party, Nadia (Cultural mediator for Arab and French language) oriented the women of the class towards supporting services and legal protection activities present in the territory of Empoli (close to their villages).
I asked Nadia, of Moroccan origin, what motivates her in the daily work as mediator and interpreter. She said:
I"I especially love helping migrant women: they are the ones who have to take care of many things in the family. They often have difficulties reading and writing. Even in the past, I had to start my life all over again, which is why I feel them as very close, almost sisters. So for me, it is not only a job but also a source of satisfaction and joy, especially when I can see their lives changing thanks to the fact they learn to speak Italian, they become independent to access to health, legal and social services”.