LAU instructor of Italian embraced by Naples
LAU instructor of Italian Joumana Haddad appointed Honorary Ambassador for Culture and Human Rights in the Mediterranean by mayor of Naples, Italy.
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Instructor of Italian at LAU Beirut, Joumana Haddad is a renowned writer, a fervent women’s rights activist and cultural editor of An-Nahar. She can now add the title of Honorary Ambassador for Culture and Human Rights in the Mediterranean to her list of achievements.
Haddad’s prestigious appointment was announced with great fanfare on July 12 by an official governmental decree issued by the mayor of the Italian city of Naples, Luigi de Magistris. This designation came in recognition of her activism and commitment to cross-cultural dialogue and exchange.
“Haddad has been chosen because she is the best person to represent Naples’ wish to consolidate dialogue with different cultures in the Mediterranean, because of her constant fight for human dignity, women’s rights, secularism and for spreading knowledge and awareness, and her courageous voice raised against discrimination, inequality, injustice and obscurantism,” explained de Magistris.
In response, Haddad expressed her gratitude to the city and announced a series of initiatives she plans to embark upon in the near future. At the ceremony she revealed that she is working on an upcoming book, written in Italian and Arabic, which will be a collection of the personal stories of Neapolitan and Lebanese women, highlighting their common struggles and ability to overcome hardships against all odds. Also in the works is an exhibition of photos by photographers in Italy and Lebanon revealing the intricacies and nuances of both cultures.
“Thank you for the recognition and trust you have bestowed on me,” Haddad said adding that Italy has always felt like a second motherland.