Where are we Italians?

Mauri Favaron
Posted November 15, 2009 from Italy

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.


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  • JaniceW
    Nov 15, 2009
    Nov 15, 2009

    Mauri, thank you for your call to your Italian sisters. I hope that you will spread the word about PulseWire as indeed, your voices are few. Some may be intimidated by the site being primarily in English but feel free to post in Italian as we have a translation service (powered by Google Translate) that members can use to read posts. It is such a joy to have you in our community. Your enthusiasm since you first signed up is inspiring and your words, so powerful. I believe that by you telling your story, one more voice may feel empowered to speak out and take a stand.

    Thank you for your call to action and I look forward to hearing more from you. Janice

  • Mauri Favaron
    Nov 15, 2009
    Nov 15, 2009

    Janice, thank you!

    Your advice is very valuable. I too felt intimidated (a very lot by the very high level and importance of things discussed, but also by language); I confess it took me two years before joining the community...

    I had already sent this information to the people I first contacted, it may help some of them deciding to join.

    I sincerely hope they do, and spread themselves. They are very-very valuable people, and I think their voice is so necessary.

    Thank, again, for your warm support. And, let's see what happens!


  • Jade Frank
    Nov 15, 2009
    Nov 15, 2009

    Hi Mauri,

    Yes! You bring up an excellent point... there are not enough Italian women in this forum and not enough Italian women speaking for themselves and raising issues for the world to hear. I hope that you can lead them and that you can use PulseWire to start the conversation... to tell us what's happening in your country. I think that you'll find PulseWire to be a very supportive community and place to garner support, from women of all cultures and corners of the world. We are listening!

    Hugs, Jade

  • Mauri Favaron
    Nov 15, 2009
    Nov 15, 2009

    Jade, you're so true.

    Pulsewire may not be the "only" way. But, as I am more and more realizing, is "a" way, actually a wonderful and enthusiastic one.

    It resonates of positive energy, even in the most terrible case.

    And, it's in the World. As far as I know, quite little is known of Italy abroad, and the problems women (and men too) face there.

    We need voices. Many voices. Diverse, if possible.

    Thanks, again. Your warm words encourage me to continue. Who knows, maybe some voices will add (all of them are incredibly powerful, enthusiastic and, overall, vauable). And maybe not, but I'll try doing my best.



  • Sunita Basnet
    Nov 15, 2009
    Nov 15, 2009

    Dear Mauri,

    I know there are only four italian in the pulsewire, I hope you will be able to convience more women adn inspired them to use this wonderful network.

    Regarding language, I understand what you mean. English is also my second language and I am not good at it. SOmetimes when I have idea in my head and cannot translate into english, it's so frastrating and sometimes when it give just oposite meaning. It's really disappointed hoever, never give up dear. This is what we are learning . Learning phase is alsways challaging and also exciting.

    I hope you will inspire more women to join this wonderful inspiring network.

    love you dear. with regards Sunita

  • Yvette Warren
    Sep 20, 2014
    Sep 20, 2014

    I am from New Orleans where many Sicilians influence our culture. Perhaps there are many Italians on World Pulse, simply in other countries.

  • Mauri Favaron
    Sep 21, 2014
    Sep 21, 2014

    Yvette, dear,

    sure they are - as you, as many many others. Maybe, even many of my far relatives - most of my family migrated to the US circa 1906.

    And I'm glad that now, 2014, we're much more than we were in 2009 - from the whole planet.

    In 2009, mine was a statement about Italians from Italy, however. And my greatest desire was that some "big names" would have joined, and shared their ideas and dreams about a better World. A better Italy, too.

    Time has passed since then, and some more people joined Pulsewire from Italy. Now we're 40 - we were just 4 in 2009.

    Still, none of us is a "big name". I still try with the (few) ones I have access to - women and men leaders. But up to now, no success... :-(

    Meanwhile, things are changing here, but not always necessarily for the best. Economical crisis (and lack of investments/committment) are fostering a growing sense of mistrusting pessimism. As resources get scarcer, and perceived future tints in dark, the issue of women rights and more generally of a better and fair future has slipped off view.

    Because of this, we all have to insist more and more, in Italy and everywhere. It is right in the direst circumstances (and circumstances in Italy are objectively much less dire than we often imagine them to be) that action for rights must progress.

    Let's go on, then...