WMF's commitment to support integration
Inclusion is a key value for us: integration, hospitality and accessibility are three of the cardinal themes on which various WMF initiatives revolve.
For years we have been carrying out initiatives that aim to involve all of society, promoting integration not only technological but also and above all social and cultural integration too. Indeed, the Festival holds numerous activities throughout Italy to support integration: training events, awareness campaigns, debates, talks and much more.
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The WMF welcomes numerous guests and speakers who, with their interventions, draw attention to highly topical issues including integration, inclusion and diversity.
After being guests in online with the November 2020 edition, at WMF2021, on the main stage of the Festival, Franco Vaccari, president of Rondine, illustrated the role of the Citadel of Peace in the resolution of the conflict and in the construction of "youth of peace" but also of the role of digital as a useful tool to increase the strength of the encounter between distant worlds. Life senator Liliana Segre left her legacy in Rondine to build a world where global dialogue reigns. Similarly, the 2021 edition saw the participation, in Rimini, of Siyabulela Mandela, human rights activist and grandson of Nelson Mandela, who discussed the importance of global cooperation in building a better and fair future, for everyone, and Josephine Goube, of Techrefugees, who spoke to us about the importance of the inclusion of refugees and the added value they represent also on the labor market. The theme of integration and inclusion was also addressed through the art of cinema, thanks to the participation of the director Mauro Mancini who, with the screening of his own film "Non Odiare", sensitized the public to the issue.
WMF2020 the november edition, saw in fact the contrubution of Siyabulela Mandela, human rights activist, who addressed current issues related to the Black Lives Matter movement and human rights, by Francesca Vecchioni, President of Diversity, who explained the concept and potential of diversity, and of Gloria Ficili, IT Architect & LGBT + Leader, IBM Italy, who spoke about the crucial role of individuals in promoting diversity, inclusion and social commitment inside the company.
Roberto Saviano opened the first day of the 2019 Festival, with a talk on the phenomenon of Fake News related to the theme of immigration. Director Alessandro Di Gregorio proposed his own personal key to understanding the phenomenon, dealing with the themes of innovation and integration through cinema.
The Festival then had the pleasure of hosting Mimmo Lucano, mayor of Riace, the Calabrian village known worldwide for its reception model. In the 2017 edition, actor and presenter Neri Marcorè moderated debates and talks on NGOs and Accessibility issues.
During each edition, WMF awards prizes to personalities, companies, and institutions that stand out thanks to impactful digital and social initiatives.
Among the awards recognized in the field of integration, WMF2021 saw the assignment of the WMF Award - Human Rights to the non-profit organization ResQ, led by Cecilia Strada, engaged in rescue and rescue operations at sea. In 2017 the Social Integration Prize, was awarded to Save The Children and dedicated to the category of the most active NGOs. In 2018, WMF supported the project of the children of the Municipal Council of Valle del Montone of Castrocaro Terme and Terra del Sole, dedicating an award to Giorgio Perlasca, the man who saved over 5 thousand people from the atrocities of the Shoah.
In collaboration with the periodical Vita, WMF annually awards a prize for the best innovative speech on the topic of integration.
WMF was a partner of the 2019 Antiracist World Cup, an event organized by UISP and held in Riace from 5 to 7 July. To confirm this partnership, the official press conference of the World Anti-racist Championships was held at the Palacongressi in Rimini on the inauguration day of WMF19.
To support the realities attentive to social responsibility issues, WMF has carried out the Social Startup Competition for two consecutive years, a competition aimed at innovative projects with a high social impact. These issues were also emphasised through the making of a short film shot in Riace in the lands of integration.