I've just checked the Pulsewire directory looking (as we Italians usually do - it's almost a joke) how many people from my country are there.
The answer is: four! Me included.
Maybe this is not so surprising. In Italy the English language is not so diffused, and on average is quite hard for us using it.
But on the other side, there are huge problems in Italy, waiting for an urgent debate, and hopefully solution.
First and foremost: where women from Italy are? I don't mean literally, as the answer is obvious - 60M inhabitants means 30 millions women. The point is: how many in visible leadership positions, suitable as a role model for other to follow and as powerful voices to indicate ways.
Sure, in Italy powerful, intelligent and passionate women are not in lack. Just think to prof. Montalcini in science, to mention just one. They aren't as visible as the strange people quarreling and fighting in a very loud voice we so often suffer.
Then, degradation of human relations. Solidarity in Italy is widely practiced, but seldom given voice. And a growing fraction of the population acts as if they are the only valuable part of human kind. This egotism is not only just claimed in speeches, but also practiced and, what's sad, encouraged by politicians. Violence, abuse. Not paying taxes. Indifference to the public. Insensitivity to environment. Quick-and-easy money. I may continue, but space is a resource.
Italian women, your voices are urgently needed!
We wait to welcome you here.
Thank you, and regards.