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April 2018

Monthly Newsletter of the Professional Women’s Association of Rome

Maria Longo

The Competitor

PWA is an international hub in the heart of Rome where ideas and values, tradition and innovation, diversity, culture and professionalism meet and intersect. On our journey into the future our travel companions are respect, ethics, and a sense of social responsibility.

President's Letter “Throw your heart over the bar and your body will follow� My monthly message is dedicated to thanking all the members of the present PWA board who have successfully supported our activities. We are almost at the end of the social year and I want to officially recognize how the Team was able to collaborate, grow, successfully manage easy and at times complex situations, make up for the difficulties of each one with a great team spirit and mutual support. To those who ask me, I always respond that how to be part of our board is like exercising on the trapeze but with all the safety of a robust and effective network, in case you come across some minor accident. Applying for a position in PWA board means demonstrating your own potential, being appreciated for your ideas and having the ability to get involved and to contribute, before being evaluated for your own results. In the corporate context, research has shown that when being considered for a promotion, women are most likely to be evaluated based on their contributions, whereas men are most likely to be evaluated based on their potential — nebulous criteria that can result in a less qualified man getting the job. PWA has always had the opposite approach. The potential of the members facing a position in the board is the first admission criterion. Those like myself who have already been part of this experience, can testify to have discovered, through this commitment, new challenges and new potential, becoming definitely better Professionals. My heartfelt appreciation goes to those who are stepping down, and my best wishes go to the new candidates who aspire to become part of the new board. To our members, please ensure you vote at our elections on 16th May!

Valentina Ferretti President


Hanna Suni editor and layout designer www.hamedesign.com marketing@pwarome.org

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Make Love, Not War Member Spotlight: Maria Longo — The Competitor Running for the Board PWA Elections 2018-19 What About All the President's Women? Trump Trumps the World March Wrap-Up: The Catwalk PWA Visits the Accademia Costume & Moda

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PWA APRIL Conference

18 April at 19.30 at Grand Hotel Palace


On 31 October 2000, the Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. This resolution, with its four pillars of prevention, participation, protection, peacebuilding and recovery, has become the focal point for stimulating worldwide efforts to deal with the many challenges that women face in situations of conflict. Women’s engagement in peace and security is essential to building sustainable peace, but progress toward gender equality remains slow. Besides women need not to be seen only as victims: women’s meaningful participation also helps the conclusion and implementation of more sustainable peace agreements. The world has changed since the Security Council adopted resolution 1325 in October 2000. The nature of conflict is qualitatively different, the content of what we mean by ‘peace’ and ‘se-


curity’ is evolving. This ever-changing and ever evolving reality poses major dilemmas for the four pillars of UNSCR 1325 and its subsequent resolutions. Research shows that the participation of women at all levels is key to the operational effectiveness, success and sustainability of peace processes and peacebuilding efforts. Therefore the leadership in peace operations must be proactive in including women in all aspects of peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding. For NATO this means that it is necessary to take into account gender factors in policies, in planning and in the implementation of missions. After briefly presenting the key aspects of UNSCR 1325 and the idea behind it, I will illustrate how NATO has worked to integrate gender perspectives in NATO-led operations as well as in NATO policies and programs, through case studies drawn from the field.

About Our Speaker

Elena Palloni

Dr Elena PALLONI was born on the 9th of October 1970 in Rimini, Italy. She graduated from the Bocconi University of Milan in 1995 in International Business management. She also holds a Master Degree in Peacekeeping and Security Studies from the University of Roma 3 and a Master Degree in Defence Procurement Management from the University of Rome Tor Vergata. She recently completed her PhD in International Relations/Political Philosophy at the LUISS University. Elena started her career in the private sector dealing with internal auditing and finance, but shortly afterwards she entered in the public sector and worked in the Local Government Administration with budget and acquisition responsibilities. Elena joined the Ministry of Defence in 2001 and served at first in the Air Force Logistic Command and afterwards at the Air Force General Staff, managing the full spectrum of HR responsibilities (involving negotiation with Labour Unions). From 2011 to 2013, Elena served at the Italian Defence Armament Directorate as chief of the section in charge of cooperation with Northern and Central American countries, and then in September 2013 she assumed the post of Faculty Advisor at the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy. Elena was asked to join the Prime Minister’s Office in preparation of the Italian presidency of the UE, where she worked at the European Policies Department from the end of February 2014 until the end of March 2015. She then returned to the Italian Ministry of Defence, where she is currently serving at the Minister’s Office for Performance Assessment, dealing with integrity building. Elena published different articles on geo-strategic issues and collaborated with the University of Rome Tor Vergata, University of Roma 3 and the American University of Rome. She is also an officer of the reserve of the Italian Navy.

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love , not war

As a former UN Secretary General said: “Education is, quite simply, peace-building by another name."Educating children across the world to endorse peace and work towards conflict resolution certainly has a huge impact on the future of our planet. Searching the internet I found a couple of very interesting readings that argue that gender equality and entrepreneurship promote world peace. Do you agree?

Sustaining peace after violence has stopped and a peace agreement has been signed requires a long-term process of societal transformation. While the process must be led by national actors through broad platforms of collaboration, international actors can support a conducive space for such efforts. Conducive international engagement has proved a challenging endeavour.


The theory of change of this project is that by creating innovative processes for joint thinking and action, it is possible to develop new ways of collaboration between national and international actors in conflict affected contexts, which will have concrete positive results for sustaining peace in three conflict situations, and which will in turn have a transformative effect on the broader system for peace support.

Sex and World Peace unsettles a variety of assumptions in political and security discourse, demonstrating that the security of women is a vital factor in the security of the state and its incidence of conflict and war. Gender-based violence not only destroys homes but also significantly affects politics and security at both the national and the international levels. This linkage—empirical as well as theoretical—between gender inequality and national and international security is a new approach that has seldom if ever been considered within the discipline of international relations (and other disciplines as well). In a major shift from the conventional understanding, we suggest that efforts to establish greater peace and security throughout the world might be made more effective by also addressing the violence and exploitation that occur in personal relationships between the two halves of humanity, men and women.

Making Peace is a major public (indoor/outdoor) event that aims to teach the public, especially young people what key elements are necessary to create a 'sustainable peace'; providing an opportunity for people of all ages to get involved in bringing about positive change. Activities include a large outdoor photographic exhibition curated by Ashley Woods (formerly with Magnum Photos) that pays tribute to the people who — all over the planet — devote their time, energy and resources to the cause of peace. The location itinerates from one city to another, Toronto hosted it in 2017 and the next locations are Aurora - 2019 Atlanta - Berlin - 2020 New York - Washington D.C.

The Right to Peace This book, The Right to Peace: Past, Present and Future, demonstrates the advances in the debate of this topic, the challenges to delving deeper into some of its aspects, but also the great hopes of strengthening the path towards achieving Peace. This plurinational, multidisciplinary, pluricultural reflection contributes effectively to the essential leitmotiv of UPEACE: if you want Peace, work for Peace. You can download the book for free through the link.

Entrepreneurship promotes world peace According to a study from Steven R. Koltai, the startup and entrepreneurship culture that is impacting the global landscape in a way that is promoting world peace. The notion comes from the idea that unemployment is one of the leading causes, particularly in young people, to conflict. Economic stability and a general lack of laziness are huge contributors in creating a world that is calm, cool, and collected.


MARIA LONGO The Competitor


aria Longo was born in Cassino, a small town in the province of Frosinone, and grew up in the coastline town of Formia on the Tyrrhenian sea. Although protected by her big brother, even today, Maria felt the compelling urge to leave home at the end of her last term of high school to discover her own dimension at the University of Urbino, home of the world famous painters,Titian and Raphael. Determined to make her mark in the world, stimulated by the competitive element, independent of her much


by Valerie Baxter Newsletter Consultant

loved and supportive family, Maria obtained a university scholarship and worked part-time to sustain her student years. A Master diploma in Marketing seemed the obvious choice, despite her leanings towards mathematics, statistics and engineering, because it was a short course, allowing her to improve her economic situation in the short term and get a job. Her love of sport, both individual and team oriented, basically due to her competitive streak, permitted her to demonstrate her worth as she entered the world of basketball, initially as part of the B series female cham-

Above Lake Bracciano

Hiking along via Francigena

In Greece

Practising archery

pionship in her hometown, and then measuring herself within the guys’ team. Urbino University lacked a female basketball team - unheard of at that time. Undaunted, Maria made inquiries around the area, asking if other sports women would like to form a female team. Successfully getting women on board, she went on to find a place to play, and a coach to practice. Her dream came true when they were able to sign up for the championship. She had achieved a first in female student sports history! Currently, Maria’s passion is tennis, but a bad knee injury forced her to stop playing, although she continues to enjoy different kind of outdoor activities, like sailing, horse riding, and also trying new sports like archery. Subsequently Maria was able to convert her master into a full degree due to a series of events. Maria transferred to Milan, initially for a stage which evolved into a full-time job as a product manager with the same company, by replacing a male forbearer, which forced her to learn quickly. Fast and furious soon became a leitmotif of her lifestyle. She developed her career as she went along taking advantage of the opportunities which crossed her path. Nielsen, a major competitor of her employer in consumer behaviour studies at some point decided to buy out her company. But with antitrust regulations thwarting the merger, and with only the Italian office left until forced to close due to lack of investment and economic weakness, Maria found herself in Nielsen, obliged to move to the UK head office in Oxford where she was still able to follow the Italian market. New management, new systems, a friendly environment and a female boss were all positive changes in

Maria’s career. To improve her professional chances, Maria took a Master of Sciences in International Management, at Oxford Brookes University, an executive MBA online course at Bocconi University, where several face to face meetings in Milan were obligatory. Everything was going fine, until in 2008 Maria’s father became terminally ill, and she returned to Italy as she needed to be near her family. Suddenly, Maria had a new awareness of the important things in life, and for her, family comes first. A regional post opportunity became available at Kantar Millward Brown and, before moving permanently to Milan where the position was based, Maria was granted the favour to be temporarily located in the Rome office in order to assist her father. Here, she met Lisa Rosen, who became not only a colleague, but a friend and an angel, mentoring Maria during those difficult times; a trustful advisor during a fast changing period in her career. Today, Maria aspires to a change in industry sector, open to diverse opportunities, and is currently a candidate to PWA’s board as Secretary. In January she started to learn the salsa, and Spanish, and continues to follow her passion for sport. She is particularly grateful to the city of Rome for the welcome she has received in different communities, and is a frequent traveller as a tourist, sometimes trekking along the Via Francigena in her free time. Maria also feels ready to contribute her expertise to a Foundation, in order to “give back” some of the help she has received over the years. Maria believes that by working together, nothing is impossible.


Running for the Board President – Valentina Ferretti

Valentina now enters her second year mandate, and after a successful first term lowering average age of members and encouraging techsavvy women, she continues her strategic plan to involve qualitative partnerships in order to strengthen our association.She strongly believes that on and offline engagement among members produces more business and learning opportunities.

Values: Family – Friendship – Open-mindedness

Candidate for Vice President & Treasurer – Lisa Rosen

Lisa has a first class track record in finance, and her continuous reliable presence in PWA has won the respect and esteem of board and members alike. Her knowledge of institutional organisation will be a valuable asset in Vice presidency.

Values: Commitment – Empathy – Resiliance

Candidate for Secretary – Maria Longo

Maria is Italian, with a Master of Sciences from Oxford Brookes University and an executive MBA from Bocconi University in Milan. After a period in market research with Nielsen and subsequently with Kantar Millward Brown she is presently seeking a change in industry sectors to experiment new and diverse opportunities. As a sportswoman, although a competitor by nature, she believes in working together as a team to overcome challenges.

Values: Enthusiasm – Commitment – Independence

Programming Director – Sabine Shuch

Sabine has worked hard to cater for all tastes as Programming director over the past year. With the experience she has gleaned from member consensus, and often working from outside the box, even from Grosseto, her creativity will be useful in order to guarantee yet another interesting conference season.

Values: Love – Friendship – Consciousness


Candidate for Social Director – Valeria Parisi

Valeria Parisi, the personification of joy, was born in Naples but lives in Rome since 20 years She has a degree in Business Economics from Bocconi University and and MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York. After experiences gleaned in large companies, she is focused on the profession of accountant and on the management of holiday homes. She is an expert in business consultancy for SM companies with a focus on start-ups and internationalisation in holiday home and real estate sectors, through her own company Studio Valeria Parisi & partners.She loves spending her time with people learning new cultures and creating social moments for sharing experiences and opportunities. Valeria has been the area leader of the ​​ alumni Bocconi association in Rome for 10 years.

Values: Trust – Family – Friendship

Sponsorship Director – Cecilia Bersani

Cecilia, having enjoyed the challenge of her first term as Sponsorship director, has decided to re-candidate herself with even more energy for the greater good of PWA. She understands how the importance of sponsors in PWA is a means not only to guarantee its activity, but also to foster projects for the community.

Values: Respect for life – One's beliefs – Culture

Candidate for PR Director – Gerlie Saura

Gerlie has wisely interacted as Membership director over the past year, not only getting to know a new PWA but also members and their needs. She now approaches her second term on PWA board as candidate for Public Relations, with the hope of creating more opportunities for PWA with her outgoing disposition and ability to create strong relationships.

Values: Reliability – Excellence – Wisdom

Candidate for Membership Director – Florencia Barbieri

Florencia is from Argentina moving to London in 2002 and 2 years later to Rome. She has a degree in Business Administration and a Master in Business Administration. She is also a Business Coach, studying to become a Team Coach.With 20+ years of business experience in a leading FMCG in the tobacco business, has worked in finance roles as Italy Audit Manager and Italy FP&A Manager. She will bring to PWA her energy to make things happen and her insights into female leadership topics.

Values: Optimism – Inclusiveness – Authenticity

Newsletter Editor – Ivana Madonna

Ivana, after learning how different PWA Newsletter is from her previous experience in the press office of Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri, has decided to accept the challenge of another term’s coverage of PWA activity, putting her expertise at our disposal.

Values: Loyalty – Generosity – Friendship


TEAM MEMBERS Adriana Tempesta, Legal Advisor Moving out of Rome, due to professional and family commitments Adriana resigns her position as Vice President, but maintains her current role as Legal Advisor. Her insights, contributions, and expertise have been precious to PWA, bringing our association to the forefront as an opinion leader for international professional women in Rome. Values: Reliability, Outgoingness, Organisation

Rossella Castaldo, Assistant coordinator Social events Stepping down from the current board, Rossella has decided to stay on the People We Are Team to assist the new Social director. And, when two Neapolitan women get together, fun-packed outcomes are totally inevitable! Values: Honesty, Sincerity, Generosity

Angela Carfa, Special Projects director Angela, from Calabria, has a degree in Economic & Banking Science from the University of Siena. A CPA by profession, as a Social project manager with impact responsibility, she also has experience in the foundation and management of Benefit Companies, and is qualified to release certification for B corporations. Through her own company, Studio Carfa Consulenza Aziendale she assists start ups, business design, research and project planning, with financial support requests and account/tax management. As a member of the Commission Equal Opportunity of the Order of Accountants in Rome, since 2013 Angela is involved in promoting gender equality in her professional community. She aims to assist successful collaborations within PWA’s TIMEOUT Professional Timebank Values: Transversality, Solidarity, Relatedness

Hanna Suni, Marketing consultant Twice Woman of the Year, previous Newsletter editor, election committee member and essential contributor to the new PWA In collective leadership, Hanna’s many talents are too valuable to let go. As Marketing consultant this year, she has continued to ensure the quality of our Association with her insights on communication. Values: Enthusiasm, Efficiency, Open-mindedness

Valerie Baxter, Newsletter consultant Values: Honesty, Reliability, Professionalism


Veronica Penzo, Webmistress & Community director Values: Gratitude, Contribution, Determination

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PWA Elections 2018-19 on May 16, 2018 at 19.00 at Grand Hotel Palace



During the AGM - Annual General Meeting and following the Conference, Elections will be conducted for the renewal of the Board, by use of voting papers cast in a ballot box on the Election desk. That same evening, at closure of the poll, the Election Committee will count the votes. The Election Committee will send an email to those absent with the link and indications for access to the platform, where it will be possible to vote anonymously, from 10.00 hrs until 21.00 hrs on 17th May. At closure of the online session the Election Committee will count the votes and give immediate communication to the present Board of the final results.

In occasione dell’Assemblea Generale Elettiva e della Conference, a seguire della stessa, si apriranno le votazioni per il rinnono del Board. Per le votazioni del giorno 16 maggio ci sarà un’urna elettorale sull’Election desk, utilizzando le schede per il voto. La stessa sera, al termine delle votazioni, il Comitato Elettorale procederà allo spoglio delle schede.

WOMAN OF THE YEAR 2017/18 A similar procedure will be adopted for the election of Woman of the Year, by use of ballot papers cast in a separate ballot box on the Election desk. The WOTY Committee will send an email to those absent with the link and indications for access to the platform, from the afternoon of 16th May until 21.00 hrs on 17th May. At closure of the online session, the votes will be counted to determine the Woman of the Year. The results will be announced at our Summer Party in June 2018.

Il Comitato Elettorale provvederà ad inviare una mail con il link e le indicazioni per gli accessi alla piattaforma dove sarà possibile votare, in forma anonima, a partire dalle ore 10 del giorno successivo fino alle ore 21. Alla chiusura della sessione on line il Comitato Elettorale procederà con lo spoglio delle schede per dare immediata comunicazione all’attuale Board dei risultati definitivi delle votazioni delle due giornate. WOMAN OF THE YEAR 2017/18 In occasione della Conference, a seguire della stessa, si apriranno le votazioni per la Woman of the Year 2017/18. Per le votazioni del giorno 16 maggio ci sarà un’urna elettorale sull’Election desk, utilizzando le schede per il voto. La stessa sera, al termine delle votazioni, si procederà allo spoglio delle schede. Il Comitato WOTY provvederà ad inviare una mail con il link e le indicazioni per gli accessi alla piattaforma dove sarà possibile votare a partire dal pomeriggio del giorno successivo (17 maggio) fino alle 21. Alla chiusura della sessione online si procederà con lo spoglio delle schede per l’elezione della Woman of the Year che verrà annunciata durante il Summer Party a giugno 2018.


What About All the President’s Women? By Valerie Baxter, Newsletter consultant


ll the President's Men is a 1976 American political thriller film about the Watergate scandal, which brought down the presidency of Richard M. Nixon. Directed by Alan J. Pakula and interpreted by Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, "The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation. ..... We're in April 2018 and "All The President's Men" from 1976 reminds us that film, sometimes, is the strongest historical document we've got.

mer Bank of Ireland investor Wilbur Ross is named commerce secretary while Goldman Sachs alumni Steve Mnuchin is named treasury secretary, two of many ex-bankers and millionaires who will be given senior roles in the administration. Other key appointments include Alabama senator Jeff Sessions and Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner. But the men he chooses don’t see eye to eye…. 13th January Trump’s appointee as national security adviser, Mike Flynn, resigns following a deluge of media reports alleging that he had undisclosed contacts with Russian officials during the transition period.

Meanwhile, during the 45th U.S. president’s first year, media coverage of Donald Trump’s decisively provocative behaviour is relent- 9th May,Trump sensationally fires FBI chief less with serious consequences for his men: James Comey. The White House publishes a letter outlining the reasoning behind the During late Nov 2016,Trump began to name decision, citing attorney general Jeff Session key members of his White House team. For- and his deputy Rod Rosenstein. Comey


learns about his dismissal from a TV report during a visit to LA. While the Trump administration insists the move is in response to Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email scandal, critics believe it is part of a move by the president to obstruct justice by curtailing the ongoing investigation into Russian election interference.

ate speech as he announces he will not seek re-election.

30th October: Two former Trump aides, Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, are indicted on 12 charges by special counsel Robert Mueller, while it emerged that former adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to 17th May, the deputy attorney general ap- misleading the FBI earlier in October. points Robert Mueller as special counsel to In the space of one year, as the above timelead an investigation into possible links beline shows, few of the original men contintween the Trump campaign and Russia as ued to stand behind the president in his part of a wider probe into Russian meddling leadership choices. In the recently elected in the election. Italian government, men are still arguing 21st July, Sean Spicer resigns as press secre- about who will do what, or rather, who will tary, following the appointment of Anthony be what! Scaramucci as communications secretary. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is named as new So when we take a look at our microscopic press secretary. PWA in comparison, what do we see? We 24th July, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kush- are not looking at power here; we are lookner appears before the Senate Intelligence ing at empowerment. We see very capable, Committee as part of the ongoing Russian highly qualified women, willing to contribute “pro-bono” their expertise and above all investigation. their time to furthering the rise of women in 28th July, Reince Preibus is fired as White gender equality related business opportuniHouse chief of staff and replaced by former ties. They are willing to untiringly dedicate general John Kelly. their energy as a team to activities for mem31st July Scaramucci resigns as communica- bers throughout the year, be they learntions chief following an expletive-ridden rant ing opportunities through our conferences about former chief of staff Reince Priebus to or simply social interaction through other a New Yorker journalist. events. The People We Are Team now com18th August: Trump’s chief strategist, Ste- prises 16 members − a record high in PWA ve Bannon, resigns, the latest in a series of leadership. high-profile departures from the West Wing. He immediately returns to Breitbart News, We shall also soon be choosing our Womthe right-wing website he edited before the an of the Year 2017/18, and as a veteran of election. PWA, I hope all members will not only con24th October: Tensions between Trump and tinue to stand behind the president and her his party are laid bare as Senator Bob Corker team, but will also feel the sense of belongaccuses the president of “debasing” the na- ing to such a unique association as I do by tion, and Arizona senator Jeff Flake delivers supporting its most representative expresa blistering attack on the president in a sen- sion of empowerment. Be inspired!


Trump Trumps the World By Valerie Baxter, Newsletter consultant


ince his election at the end of 2016, erupt across the country. Trump’s inflammatory speeches On 5th February, Trump attracts widesoon begin to take their toll on the spread criticism for appearing to equate world. the actions of Russia to those of the US After dismissing as “ridiculous” claims in an interview on Fox News. When Fox by the US intelligence agencies that Rus- News host Bill O’ Reilly describes Putin as sia intervened in the election to help him a “killer”, Trump replies: “There are a lot win the White House, international media of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What starts to give signs of the tensions that do you think? Our country’s so innocent?” are to come between the US president On 6th April 2017 in a surprise move, and the intelligence agencies he will lead. Trump launches military strikes on an airOn 27th January 2017, President Trump base in Syria in response to the use of signs an executive order halting immigra- chemical weapons by Syrian president tion from seven mostly-Muslim countries. Bashar al-Assad. Chaos ensues at airports and protests


The very next day, Pyongyang threatens to strike the US territory of Guam in the Pacific, warning that any US attempt to attack the North would provoke “all-out war”.

to the UN general assembly in New York.

13th October Trump takes the first step towards withdrawing from the Iran deal by not certifying the agreement. However, in a landmark speech, he stops short 26th April, there are reports that Trump is of withdrawing immediately, instead givpreparing to pull out of Nafta, the trade ing Congress responsibility for deciding agreement between Canada and Mexico. whether to reimpose sanctions. He ultimately stops short of withdrawing, but begins its renegotiation much to the Now, fears of confrontation between frustration of Canada and Mexico. Russia, Syria’s big ally, and the West have been running high since Mr Trump said 1st June, Trump announces America’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agree- last Wednesday that missiles “will be ment, joining Syria and Nicaragua as the coming” in response to the attack in the only countries not to sign the 2015 ac- Syrian town of Douma on April 7th, and cord, though Nicaragua announces it is lambasted Moscow for standing by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. signing up in October. 26th July, Trump announces on Twitter “Never said when an attack on Syria a ban on transgender people serving in would take place. Could be very soon or the military. not so soon at all!” Mr Trump wrote in a tweet on Thursday. Then, to add insult 8th August, Trump says that any threat from North Korea will be “met with fire to injury he tweets “Russia vows to shoot and fury like the world has never seen” down any and all missiles fired at Syria. dramatically increasing tension with the Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You nuclear state. shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing 29th August, North Korea launches a Animal who kills his people and enjoys missile over Japan, prompting sirens and it!” 12:57 PM - Apr 11, 2018 government warnings across the country, and representing a significant escalation In the face of such antagonizing situin tensions in the region. ations of conflict, which even from one nation can have devastating effects on 6th September, Trump announces the end of the Daca, the Deferred Action humanity, it’s not surprising that women on Childhood Arrivals scheme that gave worldwide are demonstrating the need protection to undocumented minors who to contrast with intelligent, non-bellighad been brought to the US as children. erent policies and pacific gestures the madness of men. Sometimes their voic15th September North Korea launches es go unheard but their actions remain another ballistic missile over Japan. indelible. We can all learn from coura19th September Trump singles out Iran geous women such as Elena Palloni and and North Korea in his inaugural speech support women like her.



Read an interview with Cristiana Guaglianone on Assodonna The CEO of the Accademia di Costume e Moda, Furio Francini proudly presented the renowned Roman design academy that has been the spring board for numerous Italian fashion designers and talents. He gave a thorough overview of the history and the founding principles of the school and briefly presented the current academic situation of fashion institutions in Europe. The academy offers several different BA and MA programs and showcases the talented, young designers every year


at the Fashion Show they put together. Francini was accomapnied by one of this year's young talents, Cristiana Guaglianone, who had created a beautiful accessories line with a safari theme using different kinds of leathers and animals skin patterns. It was inspiring to listen to Cristiana talk about the creative process and how thoroughly and realistically the students are guided and educated during their studies and the creation of the final project. We wish Cristiana and her colleagues all the luck and fortune!

PWA visits on Saturday April 14

A few dozen PWA members and guests enjoyed an inspiring visit to the Accademica Costume & Moda on April 14. It was enlightening to see the actual classrooms and laboratories where the students work on their projects and to visit the library that hosts over 4000 books and fashion magazines, some dating back to the 1800's as Harper's Bazaar. We also heard testimonials from professors, ex-alumni and current students that were working on exciting, groundbraking projects.


Women’s music is an essential part of world heritage. The fundamental role of women in the creation and transmission of tangible and intangible cultural heritage and the creation and practice of music belongs not only to a people or a culture, but to all of humanity. The UN Human Rights Office celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (10th December 1948) and has launched a worldwide campaign to promote, engage and reflect on human rights. Gender inequality in the field of music is a worldwide challenge. Sustaining the women creating music will influence public opinion and stimulate their full participation in cultural life. Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica has organised a “Global Call for New Music” for women composers and creators of music of all ages, nationalities and musical backgrounds. Participants will compose/create a song, choral or instrumental work inspired by the struggle for Human Rights. Ten works, chosen by an international Reading Commission and publicly announced at the end of July, will be performed and recorded in a Gala Concert in the Teatro Argentina, Rome, Italy on the 5th November this year. “Art and human rights are universal languages and the UN Human Rights Office is pleased to count on the support of the Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica in the 70th anniversary campaign for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is an occasion in which to reaffirm that the rights of women and girls are an inalienable, integral and indivisible part of universal human rights. We look forward to the engagement of all musicians, teachers and researchers in promoting women’s artistic empowerment.” says Laurent Sauveur, Chief of External Relations of the UN Human Rights Office. Donne in Musica (Women in Music), born in 1978 as a grass roots movement, became an international non-profit Foundation in 1996. It promotes and mainstreams music by women composers, songwriters and music creators of all ages and nationalities working in all genres while coordinating a network of over 27,000 composers, affiliate organisations, performers, pedagogues, and musicologists in 113 countries.


Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in MusicaThe Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica encourages excellence in contemporary music and intercultural dialogue worldwide. Its pioneering role in the affirmation of the concept of the uniqueness of women as creators of music has been recognized by the Italian government, UNESCO, EUC, EUP, Arab Academy and UNESCO’s International Music Council. Its daily work includes: • • • • •

Promoting knowledge and respect for women’s cultural diversity, creativity and rights Advocacy and recommendations to protect and assist composers. Capacity Building Research and Publication of books and scholarly papers Music for the Mind – supplying music for Conservatories in need

REGULATIONS: Global Call for New Music for Human Rights 1. This call is open to • girls from 8 to 18 • women from 19 years of age. 2. Composers may submit works in any musical idiom or genre (contemporary, classical, traditional, popular, jazz, etc). 3. Texts (where applicable) must be accompanied by an English language translation. 4. Music must be written in traditional notation. 5. Works submitted may be new or previously performed and in PDF files. 6. Do not send recordings. 7. Each composer may send only ONE score. 8. Duration of work: maximum 6 minutes 9. Categories for submissions: • Solo instrument • Solo voice with one to four instruments • Choir s.a.t.b with or without pianoforte • Group/ensemble of 8 to 12 instruments 10. Please include, in Word file (Times New Roman 12), a 10-line curriculum with nationality, date and place of birth, residence and contact (email). 11. Girls of 18 years of age or younger must accompany application with a signed letter from their family, school or teacher authorizing the participation, and confirming this is the composer’s own original work. 12. Deadline for submission: 30th June 2018 13. There is no submission fee 14. Please send scores to: controcanto@donneinmusica.org marking submission – GWIM4Human Rights THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, it set out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected. The Declaration was adopted by the UN General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948.Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are interrelated, interdependent and indivisible. Please meditate on: • • • • •

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion Everyone has the right to education Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any literary or artistic production of which he or she is the author.



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