The Casa Internazionale delle Donne – the International Women’s House – is a former convent in Rome that was occupied by feminists in 1987 and approved by the city in 1992. The current city council is trying and failing to oust them. Women talk about its history, its programs, and ideas related to women’s work including immigrant status, poetry, and women’s contributions to the economy.
Host(s): Sofia Vavaroutsos, Frieda Werden
Featured Speakers/Guests: Laura DeMicheli, a representative of the organization; Elvira Federici, Chair of the Società delle Letterate headquartered in the Casa Internazionale Delle Donne, bringing together writers, journalists, researchers, poets, educators and more; Tiziana Bartolini discusses news bias; Flaminia, a publicist, on working from home; Carlotta Cosutta, on economic inequalities highlighted by the pandemic; Angela Teque [Spencer], immigrant homecare worker from Cape Verde; Simona Bonsignori, curator of Manifesto Libri, on women’s unwaged work; #iorestoacasaMA – a group that wrote closing poem.
Credits: Produced for WINGS by Sofia Vavaroutsos; video sound courtesy Casa Internazionale delle Donne; Series Producer, Frieda Werden. Video sources:
ELVIRA FEDERICI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jpjoLKkOlQ
TIZIANA BARTOLINI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXg7E0x8cl4
CARLOTTA COSSUTTA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dh7XcoI9GY
ANGELA SPENCER TEQUE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mNmMR-1TVM
SIMONA BONSIGNORI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrSem08afxs
Comments: Thank you, Genevieve Vaughan for suggesting the program.