But what is really interesting speaking about the never ending fight about gender equality is that young delegates have different opinions about gender equality, like the young girl from Saudi Arabia (firmly convinced that there is a huge gender empowerment en her country). Let’s have a look:
Just to let you know, here is full of women. My boss is a woman, her assistant is a woman, the boss of my boss is a woman, and the boss of them is another woman: then there is the main group assisting the Director General (a woman, the first one leading Unesco) and guess what: they are all women. So. The problem now is mine: why I am just noticing so much when women are at the top, heading important sectors or institution? Maybe because is so far from what is happening in my country, so terribly far. In Italy, if somewhere there are a lot of women (and if we are not in a school), it means that somebody obliged them to call women representatives. And this is sad.
So somebody of you (especially people who know me), could argue that I am terribly boring always speaking about gender stuff, but I think that it’s so dangerous to forget to fight for it because actually nothing is really changing.
Could you imagine that at the top of Unesco, in a room where all the big big big big staff meet every morning to speak about the important stuff of the day there is a big monitor with twitter account??? Yes, I am serious. The big big big staff, is just reading what young delegates twits in order to better understand what is happening over there (Ok they could just go there and watch it, but I mean, this is revolutionary: burocratic people in suits and ties reading twits of 20 years old delegates? I have to be honest, i like it).
The group of youth Bloggers has been called at the morning meeting of this Unesco Staff just to explain what they are seeing and doing in this forum. (Yes, what?). And i swear, they were actually listening at you and sometimes smiling (we’re even funny)!
So just one suggestion young delegates, RAISE YOUR VOICE, because even if sometimes it doesn’t seem like this, THEY (and i mean, the real THEY, the big and powerful one) ARE LISTENING, AND READING.
The italian delegate’s story, a rare example of a person living thanks to culture in Italy. (Yes at the beginning me neither I was trusting him: are you really living thanks to culture in Italy? I mean eating, paying bills, paying the rent thanks to culture? A culture related job? wow). So after looking at him like a dinosaur, I just started listening to him and his great projects in one country in which culture is no more considered as a sector in which invest.
Elisa Omodei and Camilla Wetzel are our second choice for the Dirty Hands series. They are a kind of special delegates, called: observers and they are representing their Ngo, Cisv International. They’re working on educational projects all around the world aiming at sensitize on cultural diversity. “I for example,” said Camilla, “I have been in a village in Egypt working with the local community and trying to sensitize them about volunteering. We worked together doing social works and it was definitely a great experience”. Unesco is just their partner, all the dirty jobs are done by their hands.
Villy Baka and Eleanne Semitelore are coming from Greece and they are here our first interviewed for the series DIRTY HANDS, or “people who are doing something concrete even if the world is like crapping down and dying slowly”. Too pessimistic? Not at all, these people have still big smiles and so much energy (this is the point in which people who knows me, actually recognize me as the always sentimental girl).
The point is that me, myself and I, are risking to loose the point in this so big conference and with all these speakers maybe is better to look for real dirty hands, i mean people please LET ME KNOW WHAT ARE YOU DOING? I need concrete messages of hope.
Villy and Eleanne are blond and strong, they speak a good english (oh yes, even if they’re form Greece) and they are here to say that Greece has a future, and it’s their. They study politics and serious matters concerning the world and they are member of the youth boards of Unesco in Greece.
“The situation is really bad in our country right now,” says Eleanne, “but we are trying to react, I mean there is so much to do”. Ok we know it, but please GIVE US AN EXEMPLE:
“Oh sure. We’re organizing an artistic exposition in Athens, in which we will collect the artistic works of greek young artists operating during the economic crisis. We don’t want just works related to the crisis, but we would like to say to the world and to our country that crisis means also creation, not just distruction. We would like to give them a place where to express themselves.”
And the money to do it OF COURSE are coming from Unesco.
“Actually no,” says Villy, “Money are coming from nowhere. We don’t have a budget for it, it’s just volunteer work done by young people like us. We don’t have choice, and we still want to do something”.
They don’t have choice, i mean they cannot choice between “not doing something just because there is no money and to do it as well”. These are goods dirty hands.
A journalist in Paris, documenting the 7th World Youth Forum organized by Unesco. Ok, me neither i don’t really trust this stuff, Unesco, people speaking bla bla, people again speaking bla bla, suits and ties, elegant people, official speeches, other official speeches etc etc. But actually I have a problem: I trust young people. I DEFINETELY KNOW that young people are so different from all this official stuff and I AM ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED that they have so many concrete things. That’s why I am here, I think, and why I decided to open this blog just to let them speak on the net, because sometimes people just need to have a place where to say things. What they are doing for example.
Who I am? I am Martina Castigliani or as they say in France I am Martina Castighhhliani. I am a journalist and I am currently living and studying politics in Paris. I am participating in the 7th World Youth Forum organized by Unesco as a Youth Blogger and I am here just to show to the world that the youth forum is actually something different than only BLA BLA. And maybe, while convincing the world I’ll try to convince myself as well. What I’m really convinced of is that, when something important is happening somewhere, we should keep our eyes on it, just to CHECK every step, because if we are awake they cannot do whatever. Surveillance and to be awake and to be active, I think is something similar who makes a democracy.
EARTH HANDS, WHY? I do believe in the importance to have DIRTY HANDS and not in the meaning of politicians doing bad stuff, but in the meaning to be seriously involved in life and every matter of life. The hands of our generation are so dirty and dirty of our mother lands: we are doing and creating projects and not just watching the world passing nearby. Earth is the only source which could save us in this bad global situation: we are coming back to our earth with our hands ready to be dirty. I think (and this is what we’ll check together in these days) that this people here in the Youth Forum have dirty hands and projects and things that they are doing in their countries and about which nobody is really speaking. Well, WE WILL DO IT.
Let’s start people. Just one thing before to start the game: I AM ITALIAN, like all the other italians, I love pizza, pasta, caffè and mandolin and my english is what it is, an italian english sometimes not so good.. so please accept my mistakes and please tell me something if you see any terrible mistake. I’ll do my best (but I think that if while you’re reading you imagine all this with an amazing italian accent, IT WILL BE SO FUNNY!).