April 19, 2017

Ciao Italia! Inspiring Girls Italy launches today

Italy launches Inspiring Girls in the country today with an event that has brought together over 50 students from several schools and 12 high profile women from different sectors. The event has taken place at Fabricca del Vapore in Milan, where it is being celebrated #STEMintheCity, a project organised by the Council of Milan.

Fondazione Valore D, the first major association of large companies in Italy, is leading the Inspiring Girls initiative in the country and it will be chaired by Claudia Parzani.

The President of Valore D, Sandra Mori, has said: “Inspiring Girls is a wonderful project that addresses the gender stereotypes and the lack of aspirations in girls from very early on and encourages them to aim high by exposing them to all sorts of role models”.

The students have participated in a career speed dating event with 12 female professionals. They have been able to get to know, among others, the best 2017 Michelin female chef Caterina Ceraudo, the singer Federica Abbate, the platoon commander Anna Polico, the robot Professor Barbara Caputo and the football coach Patrizia Panico.

Afterwards, a discussion has taken place hosted by Il Corriere della Sera, media partner of Inspiring Girls Italy.

The event has finishes with a few sessions focused on the importance of role models for the school girls and for those women who are in the first years of their career.

The Founder and Chair of Inspiring Girls International, Miriam González, has accompanied the Italian team in Milan: “Inspiring Girls aims to encourage girls to dream high and open their eyes to all the different options, free from the gender stereotypes that still exist in our society regardless the country where they live. I am honoured to be in Milan supporting the launch of Inspiring Girls Italy and I am sure that Valore D will do an excellent work in breaking the gender barriers that limit the girls' aspirations”.

Banca Intensa San Paolo and ENI are the main sponsoring partners of Inspiring Girls Italy.

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