“Trama di Terre” (the name means “Weave of Lands”) was founded in Imola (province of Bologna, region of Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy) in the winter of 1997 by a group of Italian and foreign women. From the beginning, the guiding idea of the association has been to find a point of sharing between women coming from all over the world.
In the struggle for access to material and symbolic resources, migrant women often face a dual vulnerability: on the one hand, the lack of citizenship means fewer rights and the constant risk of falling into irregularity; on the other hand, migrant women, as well as the natives, but sometimes in more extreme forms, are victims of roles that are assigned to them by the patriarchal mentality of their families and communities of origin: the good wife, the good mother, the good daughter – with all the violence that ensues when a woman decides to rebel.
Trama di Terre stands in this space of rebellion and struggle for autonomy, in the resistance to imposed identities. Identities which are imposed by racism, still deeply rooted in Italian society, and also by anyone who, in the name of tradition, religion or culture, tries to relegate women into roles that limit the full exercise of their rights and freedoms, conquered at such a high price in many parts of the world.