The Students for Humanity Review

November 30, 2018

When you go to volunteer, you really do not help the others: you help yourself. 

Today I want to tell you two stories, which demonstrate how you can help even in your little town.

The first story is mine, this summer I had a peculiar experience in Campo Fiorito, a small town in the center of Sicily. 

This town is special, in fact, it has a community of young, powerful and happy guys with Down syndrome. Campo Fiorito is completely built to be lived by these guys, who are in the DNA of the community, which learned how think in a different way, concretely changing the infrastructures to make the guys part of the town’s life.

My experience in such a town was combined with my great passion: the theatre, which is a good way to grow up, to help the others in challenging themselves and to make someone...

November 27, 2018

Last week, during a rape trial in Cork, the lawyer for a 27-year-old accused man told jurors they should have regard for the underwear the 17-year-old complainant wore, adding: “She was wearing a thong with a lace front.”

Even in a jurisdiction where rape is defined on the basis of lack of consent, numerous obstacles remain in the way of women’s access to justice. It seems that it is women’s responsibility to protect themselves from rape. In fact, a young woman’s item of underwear was taken as an evidence of consent.

“What were you wearing?”, that is the question to which women victims of rape are recurrently forced to respond. Just the question that gives the name to the exhibition that took place at Bocconi University, in the Velodromo building from the 14th to the 19th of November. The su...

November 19, 2018

Equality has long been a very complicated yet a necessary condition. Does equality only apply to the men and the women in the society? Well, the answer is clearly a “NO”. India, has for a long time, been a very diversified country, not just in terms of caste or religion but in terms of societies as well. With changing times, and changing beliefs, the laws are in a continuous dynamic of change. One such law is the section 377 of the Indian penal code.

Introduced in 1864 during the British rule of India, it has been a section of the Indian Penal Code . Modelled on the Buggery Act of 1533, it has been used to criminalize sexual activities "against the order of nature". The law has been under constant opposition and doubt ever since a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) filed a plea in a High C...

November 16, 2018

Il 5 novembre 2018 l’Università Bocconi ha organizzato un incontro sulle tematiche migratorie, tenuto da Paolo Magri e Valentina Petrini, dal titolo “In viaggio- Oltre la frontiera”.
L’incipit del professor Paolo Pinotti ha evidenziato soprattutto dati e numeri del fenomeno migratorio, evidenziandone la portata e spiegato come flussi e rotte cambino repentinamente in seguito a shock geopolitici. Ha sottolineato anche l’importanza della conoscenza di determinati dati, come il numero delle domande d’asilo accettate nei vari paesi europei e mettendole in relazione con il numero di abitanti, per non credere a parziali verità proposte in campagna elettorale sul ruolo principale giocato dall’Italia nell’accoglienza.
La conferenza vera e propria è iniziata con la proiezione di un video di varie t...

November 12, 2018

The environmental crisis is presently one of the most serious issues on the planet since it affects all of us as Earth’s inhabitants.  For years now research has been conducted and articles have been published with the sole aim of raising awareness and publicizing this topic.  It is no longer an issue of which only environmental scientists are aware of.  International and local groups, composed of concerned individuals, have started the debate long ago: What are we, as a global community, going to do about it?


Thus, although countries like the United States of America, have taken on a destructive point of view concerning the environment; denying the facts and proofs of climate change, many others have taken considerable...

November 8, 2018

“Sono Cucchi Stefano, nato a Roma il primo ottobre 1978”

“Che ha detto?”

“Sì 78, scusi, non riesco a parlà tanto bene”

Sulla mia pelle è l’opera cinematografica che racconta la via crucis di Stefano Cucchi, interpretato da Alessandro Borghi. Selezionato come film d’apertura della sezione “Orizzonti” alla 75ª mostra Interazionale d’Arte Cinematografica di Venezia, descrive l’ultima settimana di vita di un giovane geometra romano, morto all’età di 31 durante la custodia cautelare presso l’ospedale Sandro Pertini di Roma.

Si tratta di uno dei casi di cronaca nera italiana più rilevanti dal punto di vista mediatico, che ha visto coinvolti alcuni agenti di polizia penitenziaria, alcuni medici del carcere di Regina Caeli e alcuni carabinieri.

Il film ripercorre gli ultimi giorni di vita di Stefano ch...

November 5, 2018

In Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim democracy, anti-LGBT rhetoric is leading to a new HIV crisis. Complicit authorities are vanishing Healthcare system and ONG’s efforts to educate and prevent the community.

In the 90s, after a long battle, activists and LGBT people were free to live, meet and carry out their works in a democratic way. They create big campaigns to raise awareness and lots of associations started education programs on prevention and transmission, counseling support services and distribution of condoms and HIV testing kits. They also started to hope in great future changes that never arrived.
Indeed since 2015 police start to arrest homosexual or transgender people in public and private spaces to make them hide their real being. A recent example of this persecution is th...

November 2, 2018

Marcella came back home two months ago, after a one-month volunteering experience in Abobo, Ethiopia. Abobo, one of the biggest towns in the Gambela region, is the location of a project started by the Salesian association “Gli amici del Sidamo”: initially focused on the health centre, in recent years they worked to develop the school and the oratory as well. Indeed, she spent her time working with the children and the young teachers of the school and the oratory.

  1. When did you decide to leave to Ethiopia?

I think I’ve ever known I’d have gone there, since I was a child. It took me some years before having the borders of this blurred project well-defined, but finally it took me there. However, it’s only few years since I knew about this specific association, via a friend of mine. I star...

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