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A Woman Who ‘Breaks Glass Ceilings’

Happy International Women’s Day!

First of all, thank you #DolceVitaBloggers hosts Kelly (ItalianAtHeart), Jasmine (QuestaDolceVita) and Kristie (MammaPrada). This month’s #DolceVitaBloggers topic is “Inspirational Women”, in honor of International Women’s Day!
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 Rina Benedictos

Inspirational Women

Rina Benedictos lives in Australia with her husband and daughter. She is a dramatic soprano, character actor, host and TV presenter.  Moreover, she has spent the last ten years as a facilitator, mentor, and coach. She is also the creator of the “The Cinderella Challenge”. The challenge is to recognize women’s social, economic, cultural, and political achievements.

Rina’s Story

U.N. Women

Rina worked as a teacher at the University of the Philippines. She earned a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology. Later on, she became involved in programs on social and economic empowerment. These programs helped women break the cycle of harassment and violence. 

Shining Light on Shadows

“2018 marks my 20th year as a Philippine-born educator. I was committed to shining light on shadows. In my home country, the biggest shadow is poverty. Teachers were bearers of the key to knowledge and education. Education is the solution to poverty.”

Shakti Gawain

Breaking Through Glass Ceilings

“Also, I grew up in a patriarchal Filipino society. Gender stereotypes prevailed. Gender role divisions reigned. Furthermore, there were gender inequalities. Gender inequality exists in education, employment, and entrepreneurship. Gender-based harassment and violence were evil shadows. We cast light on these shadows. We ‘broke the glass ceiling’ through education, prevention, and elimination.”

Breaking Through The ‘Bamboo Ceiling’

“2018 marks the milestone for me as an Australian. I am a migrant woman of Asian background. This time, I need to ‘break through the bamboo ceiling’. I face the three-dimensional issues of sexism, classism, and racism. They are a barrier to my social and economic goals.

Multicultural women are underrepresented in leadership positions. They are migrant women from Asian and other non-European backgrounds. Migrant women are at a double disadvantage. This is compared to migrant men and native-born women.

Leadership in Australia is gender-based. Australia is limited without diverse leaders. As a result, we are not making the most out of our multiculturalism. We need to harness the rich and diverse talent in our society. If we do this, then we are not missing out.

I am passionate about developing multicultural women. I do this by honing their leadership skills. Moreover, I encourage cultural change. Most of all, we want to have organisational and management practices that value diversity.”

Do you want to join the Cinderella Challenge?

It is not about fitting into glass slippers. It is about breaking the glass ceiling.

Cinderella, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Post a photo on your most recent achievement on Instagram or Facebook.
  2. Tell us how you made a difference in people’s lives.
  3. Add #cinderellachallenge at the end of your post.
  4. Tag your favorite female achievers!Let us flood our social media with colorful stories of strong and resilient women! 

Bellissimamma Does The Cinderella Challenge

Do you want to develop your skills as a leader? Are you a multicultural woman who wants to break cultural barriers? Rina will be going to Siena, Italy in November 2018, so stay tuned for updates. 

Feeling inspired? Share your thoughts in the comments section!


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I Trust And Love You: A Love Letter to Italy #DolceVitaBloggers

My Childhood in the Philippines

Hello! I am Mamma Carmela, the writer of Bellissimamma! I am a Filipina expat living in Italy with my husband and two little boys. Thank you for dropping by!

Do you remember the time when we used to write letters to our friends? Those were the good old days. When I was in second grade, my friends and I would write on scented stationery and end our messages with acronyms of countries such as J.A.P.A.N. (Just Always Pray at Night), I.N.D.I.A. (I Nearly Died in Adoration), and C.H.I.N.A. (Come Here I Need Affection). My favorite was I.T.A.L.Y. (I Trust And Love You). Now, what used to be a corny acronym written at the end of 1990s love letters is now a real promise from one mother to another. I am writing this letter to Italy, my new home.

A Love Letter To Italy

Dear Italy 🇮🇹,

 

I

T-rust

A-nd

L-ove

Y-ou

 

 

Mamma Italia, my adoptive mother, thank you for welcoming us into your family. I trust that we made the right decision to raise our children in your home. You promised me that you will respect my linguistic human rights to speak my native tongue, as you patiently teach me to speak the language of your people. I trust that you will educate your grandchildren, Leon and Lucas, with the knowledge of your history and your culture, and that they will grow up with a multicultural mindset and a global perspective.

ItalySiena, Italy

 

Mamma Italia, I love your majestic beauty that greets me every morning. Every day, I wake up seeing your glorious face. You welcome me with your warm embrace. I promise not to take your love for granted.

Siena, Italy
A Promise

 

I love that my children can freely and safely play in your backyard. They can run and climb and enjoy the great outdoors and breathe your fresh air. We promise to respect and take care of your natural beauty.

Siena, Italy

I love listening to the stories of your youth. Thank you for showing me your precious treasures from the past. We promise to respect your history and your culture.

Lorenzetti

 

The Filipino word “itali” means “to tie” or “to bind”. From now on, our lives are bound to each other. Mi fido e ti amo.

 

Love,

 

Thank you to The #DolceVitaBloggers Hosts Kelly, Jasmine, and Kristie for this month’s link-up, A Love Letter to Italy!

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What is The Dolce Vita Bloggers Linkup?

First of all, let me tell you why you should check out The Dolce Vita Bloggers Linkup. The Dolce Vita Bloggers Link Up is a monthly linkup for lovers of Italy. Kristie of Mamma Prada, Jasmine of Questa Dolce Vita and Kelly of Italian at Heart host this linkup. Every 7th of the month, anyone who would love to write about the chosen topic can join.

Because of this linkup, I was able to find other bloggers who share the same love I have for Italy! I still have a lot of Italian places to visit on my bucket list, and reading about the travel adventures of Dolce Vita Bloggers have been so inspirational. You can read about Italian culture, recipes, travel tips, and more! Seriously, if you want to travel to Italy then you should definitely check out this linkup!

Who are The Hosts of Dolce Vita Bloggers?

Kristie of Mamma Prada is an English wife to an Italian hubby and mamma to two little ones. She shares their story of raising bilingual children and navigating cross-cultural life.

Jasmine of Questa Dolce Vita is a Canadian in Bergamo, Italy. She likes to write about love, lifestyle, and language.

Kelly of Italian At Heart is an English teacher from the United States who is learning Italian. Her goal is to share resources and inspiration for English speakers learning Italian, or Italians learning English.

And Why Should You Join The Dolce Vita Bloggers Linkup?

Look, if you are an expat living in Italy or if you are an Italophile who loves to write about Italy, then this linkup is for you!

My reason for joining this linkup is I wanted to find a group of like-minded people in the blogging world. I really enjoy writing about their monthly topics. Also, I get to read the blogs of other Italy lovers, who I can relate with in so many ways. Furthermore, joining the linkup gives me a sense of community. You know that it can get lonely if you’re still trying to learn a different language. Most of the bloggers in the Dolce Vita Bloggers linkup write in English, so you will definitely not feel out of place!

So…Where Can I Find The Link to Dolce Vita Bloggers Linkup?

Here’s what you need to do! Visit the hosts’ websites at www.mammaprada.com, www.questadolcevita.com and www.italianatheart.com!

Finally, you Can Read My Dolce Vita Bloggers Posts Here:

January/ gennaio: My Favorite Italian City

February/ febbraio: A Love Letter To Italy

March/ marzo: Inspirational Women