Care and the right to health: Human Rights Festival in May

The themes and guests of the seventh edition of the Human Rights Festival were presented, including radio chips is a media partner, planned since May 3 to 6 on the festivaldirittiumani.stream platform. Care and the right to health will be the themes of the next edition of the festival, which has already started today to treat high school students from the Porta di Monza institute and the Domenico Modugno professional institute in Conversano (Bari), telling firsthand about their experiences, their frailties and the need to be heard. The students presented some excerpts from the podcast project “A School of Human Rights” created with Share Radio.

Irene, a student from Monza, points out: “We have focused on the topic of eating disorders to provide a reflection for all those who are interested in bringing comfort to those who suffer from it or have suffered from it. During the pandemic, this is a phenomenon that has greatly increased”. Annarita, a student from Conversano, recalled how, thanks to the podcast, boys and girls had the opportunity to be themselves. “We showed what we don’t usually show, to send a message: we just want to be heard. We’re all hiding something, because society asks us to hide something, and not be seen as weird.”

Starting from the reflections of the children, the debate continued around the theme “Bonus Psychologist” with the guests Filippo Sensi, parliamentarian who urged the Government to make the bonus a reality and Anita Pirovano, president of Municipality 9 and promoter of the bonus psychologist for young people arrive 10 to 25 years old of the area.

Filippo Sensi recalled how in addition to the bonus, more must be done. “The bonus is just a drop in the middle of the sea, there is still a lot to do, such as inserting the psychologist into the school, which Covid has further highlighted”. Anita Pirovano recounted the experience of the Milan case. “We left for Milan before Parliament approved the psychologist’s bonus. I felt a lot of discouragement in this story because I put myself in the shoes of the boys. A different choice could mean that mental health was not a people’s right and it was not part of health and that basically – the question “how are you?” – it is not linked to the adult world and to society”.

Starting from personal experiences, Massimo Cirri, radio journalist and psychologist, underlined how the pandemic represented the rupture of a paradigm: “We must rediscover the mechanisms, the social machines, which allow us to return to a circuit of communication. We, the school, society, the public service must do it. Loneliness is the aggravating circumstance of any disease, it increases suffering, and for this reason we must overcome the frailties”.

Festival director Danilo De Biasio, focusing on the content of the seventh edition, underlined: “We were convinced to have an entire festival dedicated to health last year, when the students made us understand the urgency to talk about the enormity of covid, how they had to revolutionize their lives. During the festival, we will talk about care, the right to health, but also about the wound of war”.

And it is precisely to tell the first-person experience of the war that the photographers Jean-Marc Caimi and Valentina Piccinni, recently returned from the Polish-Ukrainian border, intervene. “In kyiv, it was important for us to collect the voices of young people, because in the West there is an altered sense of what reality is. Young people in Ukraine after Euromaidan, they see possibilities they didn’t see before. Now, with the war, everything has changed,” Caimi said. Valentina Piccinni illustrated the photographic project Journey to safety dedicated to Lviv. “Here we have followed the exodus of citizens fleeing the war trying to highlight a different point of view. Lviv is a city in which one perceived a suspended atmosphere, a city waiting to prepare for a war with the reuse of bomb bays, the preparation of the city to avoid destruction. Lviv is the hub for exodus and the hub for crossing the border into Poland, as there is a strong bond between the two nations. It is a photographically different migration: women and children who come from a country not far away. It’s a different migration, because all these people want to go back to their country, they want to go back to Ukraine”.

To conclude the meeting, a direct line with the city of Lviv through the testimony of Damiano Rizzi, president of the Soleterre Foundation, who recounted the work in the care of young cancer patients which continues even in a compromised situation. by war. Rizzi concluded with an exciting definition of human rights: “I believe that human rights are precisely this mental representation that allows us to continue to fight for them, because human rights risk being lost if we don’t fight. This fight must go through the maintenance of rights, and where these do not exist, they must be claimed. It’s something you shouldn’t ask when you get down on your knees, you have to ask it out loud”.

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