Women from a disadvantaged neighborhood

Women from a disadvantaged neighborhood

The second pilot sessions were implemented with a group of disadvantaged women.

Venue: “Spazio Donna” piazza Sturzo, 44 Palermo, Italy

Date: 19th June-10th July 2018 (4 three-hour sessions)

Leader: Dario Ferrante (project manager CSC Danilo Dolci), Emiliano Mungiovino and Grace Sciarrino (social worker at WeWorld)

10 women and 2 tutors participated in the pilot workshop sessions, mostly young women aged 25-30 years old from disadvantaged families. These women usually attend “Spazio Donna” three times a week, participating in different activities such as tailoring workshops, training courses, language courses. 4 workshop sessions lasting 2,5-3 hours each were organized on a weekly basis, once a week (Tuesday). One performance of a short story created by the group of participants was staged at the end of the pilot sessions in September 2018. The “Spazio Donna” project has been active in Italy for three years and it opened in Palermo in February2018. “Spazio Donna” is located at Borgo Vecchio, one of the most deprived neighborhoods in Palermo, where poverty and early school leaving are the main social problems. These young women experience difficult situations in their families such as unemployment, poverty, early school leaving. Also, Borgo Vecchio is a neighbourhood where organised crime is still strong and a culture of illegality is widely spread.

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