What the community is saying about the AIW
Modena mayor and city council wearing masks made by the AIW for the international day against violence against women.
HOW WAS THE AIW BORN?
The idea for the Association for the Integration of Women was born when our founder, Caroline, met Ella, a 25-Year old refugee from Nigeria. Ella shared that she had left Nigeria to continue her education and work, but was not able to accomplish either. In just a few days, we helped connect Ella to her first work opportunity. We wanted to do more, and from this experience saw an opportunity in the marketplace, and a need for a more holistic program that would offer training, social support, and job connections for these women.
HOW WAS THE CUCIRE INSIEME PROJECT BORN?
When coronavirus impacted our community, we had to shift our plans in order to support our women and their families, while providing something that would benefit the Modenese community. Many of the women in our network were seamstresses in their home countries, and thanks to the support of Maria Vittoria Atilier and Jucca, we were donated all of the materials to get us started!
ARE YOUR MASKS MEDICALLY CERTIFIED?
It is important to note that our masks are not certified medical devices. The masks that we produce are double-layer cotton, and are handmade by our women. Fabric and material have been donated thanks to generous sponsors, and each mask is given to donors as a thank you for donating to the AIW.
WHAT IS NEXT FOR THE AIW?
The AIW has intentions to expand to offer its programs in many sectors. Our team has diverse backgrounds that we are leveraging to provide exciting and relevant events, trainings, and programs that can meet our women where they are at, showcase their potential, and make our community a more diverse and inclusive place. Keep a lookout on our social media for what is next!