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With many webinar links women representing various fields - politics, culture, religion, volunteering, education, science, etc. - members of the KIMIYYA program of the Fondazione Mediterraneo celebrated the "World Day against violence against women" at the Museum of Peace - MAMT. The women members of the “Anna Lindh Italia Federation” participated.
It was the UN assembly in 1999 that chose this date in memory of the sacrifice of the sisters Patria, Minerva and Maria Teresa Mirabal, killed by agents of the dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. But what is the story of the Mirabal sisters? To find out, we need to go back to 1960. On November 25 of that year, in fact, three sisters were killed by agents of the dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, in Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic.
After being stopped in the street on their way to prison to visit their husbands, they were beaten with sticks and thrown into a ravine by their executioners, who tried to put the brutal violence through an accident. It was immediately clear to public opinion that the three women had been murdered. Patria, Minerva and María Teresa Mirabal - these are their names - were, in fact, known as activists of the clandestine group Movimento 14 giugno, disliked by the government. Because of their militancy, in January 1960, they were also arrested and jailed for a few months, as the page dedicated to their history published in the Encyclopedia of Women recalls
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Webinar celebrated at the Museum of Peace - MAMT the twenty-fifth anniversary of the "UNITED STATES OF EUROPE" program, launched by the Mediterranean Foundation on November 25, 1995. When it was born thirty years ago, in 1990, the Mediterranean Foundation launched the first idea of ​​the Manifesto on "THE UNITED STATES OF EUROPE". After 5 years, on 24 and 25 November 1995, he organized the international conference "THE MEDITERRANEAN AND EUROPE" in Naples with the Appeal for Europe and the Mediterranean presented to the Euro-Mediterranean Foreign Ministers who met for the first time in Barcelona.
The conference was held under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic and with the patronage of the UN was conceived, organized and directed by the Fondazione Laboratorio Mediterraneo. Collaborated: the Italian Institute for Philosophical Studies; UNESCO; UNICEF; the Embassies of Albania, Bosnia, Cyprus, Lebanon, Morocco and Spain; the Consulates of France and Germany; the Campania Region; the WWF; Greenpeace Mediterranean; the Carabinieri Ecological Operational Unit; the Turin Book Fair; the Faculty of Art and Science of Rome; the Municipalities of Bari, Genoa, Imperia, Turin, Trieste, Sarajevo and Naples; the Orient Occident Foundation; the Italian Association of Environmental Pathology and Ecology; the University of Naples "Federico II"; the Department of Eastern European Studies of the Oriental University Institute of Naples; the University of Palermo; the La Sorbonne University of Paris; the Institute of the Arab World of Paris; the Department of Studies of Naples; the Committee of Information and Initiatives for Peace of Rome.
President Capasso underlines the relevance of the Appeal because even today, in this difficult moment due to the pandemic, the need for the UNITED STATES OF EUROPE is felt, especially in strategic areas: foreign policy, common defense, health protection. , the economy, transport, etc. “Among the dearest memories - concludes the president Capasso - the certificates of esteem of dear friends, such as the great journalist Igor Man, the writer Claudio Magris and others
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La Fondazione Mediterraneo - with webinar, skype and videoconferencing links - wanted to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Irpinia earthquake which left an indelible mark on the development of Southern Italy and, in particular, of the internal areas.
The Museum of Peace - MAMT made available videos, documentaries and testimonies that accompanied the key moments of the event.
President Michele Capasso duly recalled that day and the tragedy he saw with his own eyes in the following days, when he visited the completely destroyed villages accompanied by fellow architects from the area. And then the solidarity actions, the hospitality in San Sebastiano al Vesuvio of the inhabitants of Conza della Campania and other countries, with a bond that lasts indissoluble over time.
"In this moment of great planetary emergency - said President Capasso - I remember two lessons in similar tragedies: the eruption of Vesuvius in 1944 and the earthquake in Irpinia in 1980. The keystone of the rebirth was not politics, even then steeped in sloppiness, inefficiency and often corruption, but the redemption of people forced to UNITE to ACT TOGETHER: “ALL UNITED WE WILL SING”, my grandfather and father said to the inhabitants of San Sebastiano al Vesuvio entirely destroyed by the lava of 1944; "PRESIDENT PERTINI, GIVE US A MESSAGE OF HOPE TO ACT ALL TOGETHER WITH GENROUS IN SOLIDARITY", said the inhabitants of the Irpinia towns - while they mourned their dead - to our beloved President of the Republic.
Here is the keystone: in tragedies we must take advantage of a feeling of unity and rare generosity in solidarity which on other occasions does not exist and which constitutes the turning point for reconstruction. The other element is SPEED: "FATEPRESTO" was the title of "IL MATTINO" the day after the earthquake. "DO IT HAPPY AND WELL" is the appeal I make to today's politicians, eliminating all divisions and particular interests and winning, for once, competence, passion and honesty. On this we will be judged !.

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It was an honor for the Fondazione Mediterraneo and for the Anna LIndh Italy Federation (which groups more than a thousand organizations engaged in dialogue and solidarity) to participate in "The Economy of Francesco": the meeting with young economists wanted by the Holy Father, which took place from 19 to 21 November 2020.
Given the health emergency in the world caused by Covid-19, the organizing committee has decided to celebrate the international event entirely online, with live and streaming links with all members and speakers.
Pope Francis has sent an important video message.
The president of the Michele Capasso Foundation underlined the importance of the initiative and the confirmation of two concepts on which the Fondazione Mediterraneo was born thirty years ago, in 1990: "transforming Love for power into the Power of Love and acting with generosity through solidarity".
The next meeting, in person, will always be held in Assisi and is scheduled for autumn 2021, when health conditions will allow everyone to participate.
The organization of the The Economy of Francesco 2020 event in the online version allowed all young people registered to participate in the meeting in the same conditions, to share the lived experience, work, proposals, and reflections gained in recent months in the 12 villages.
The Committee is working to create an innovative, participatory and global follow-up that preserves the peculiar elements of "The Economy of Francesco" (group work, plenary and parallel sessions with keynote speakers, Franciscan spirituality, artistic performances, exhibitions) enriching it with the opportunities and languages ​​that the digital event offers.
"The Economy of Francesco" is a movement of young people with faces, personalities, ideas that moves and lives all over the world for a more just, inclusive and sustainable economy and to give a soul to the economy of tomorrow. The world needs the creativity and love of the participants who, as artisans and producers of the future, are weaving the Economy of Francis.
In the video message, the Pope stressed that the "Economy of Francis" meeting is not a point of arrival "but the initial thrust of a process" that we are invited to live "as a vocation, as a culture and as a pact".

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After a few months of work - despite the blocks due to “covid 19 - the Fondazione Mediterraneo has completed the portal“ LA CAMPANIA DELLE EMOZIONI ”. Nine videos from 2 to 100 minutes that tell, with 4K high definition images, the beauties of Campania. President Capasso thanked Rosanna Rinaldi, the volunteers and the members of the Scientific Committee who made possible what many call a masterpiece.
Precisely today when Campania is represented at the lowest levels, being able to tell it through the unique beauties of 16 UNESCO heritage attractions is an important fact. The initiative was supported with a co-financing of € 10,000.00 from the UOD 1 "Libraries and Museums" of the Campania Region.

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