SSIIM Unesco Chair, University Iuav of Venice

Michela Semprebon

Michela Semprebon holds a PhD in Urban Sociology from the University of Milan-Bicocca and completed her thesis on a comparative analysis of urban conflicts and immigrants’ political participation. In this department, she collaborated on urban safety projects, with the FarsiCura team; conducted seminars within the module “Intercultural Relations”; worked as Post-doc Research Fellow on social housing projects, as part of the international network COST IS1102 S.O.S. COHESION, and on the national project “Small municipalities and social cohesion: urban policies and practices for the socio-spatial inclusion of migrants”. In 2016 she collaborated on the national project “Intergenerational relations and obligations between the first & second generations of migrants” at the University of Bologna. She is teaching “Media and migration” in the Content Analysis lab within the Undergraduate degree “Comunicazione Pubblica e d’Impresa” of the University of Bologna and teaches the module “Introduction to Sociology) within the Undergrande degree “Scienze della Comunicazione” of the University of Bergamo. She was Visiting Researcher at the Haute Ecole des Sciences Sociales (Paris) and at the Centre for Migration, Policy & Society (Oxford). She has lectured in various universities, participated to numerous conferences and acted as referee for national/international journals. Her research interests include: system of reception and transit of forced migrants, human trafficking, policies of migrant inclusion. She is currently the Coordinator and Principal Investigator of the research activities of the project INSigHT (Building Capacity to deal with human trafficking and  transit routes in Nigeria, Italy, Sweden) funded by EC DG Home, with the support of ICMPD, within the Mobility Partnership Framework.

NWA – Nigerian Women Association, Verona/Lagos (Italy/Nigeria)

Coop. Equality, Padua and Coop. Azalea, Verona (Italy)

Pathfinders Justice Initiative, Benin City/New York

R. Evon Benson-Idahosa

R. Evon Benson-Idahosa, the founder and Executive Director of PJI, is a Nigerian native, a leading expert and thought leader on the subject of modern day slavery in sub-Saharan Africa and a trained English Barrister and American lawyer. When her passion and compassion called her to address sex trafficking (modern-day sex slavery) and gender-based violence, she left her work as a partner in a New York defense law firm to became a full-time activist.  Her commitment is to develop a generation of women who are confident in who they are, what they bring to the table and what they can achieve. She is a firm believer that if you empower women and engage men as allies for gender justice, you can change any society.

Associazione 2050 (Italy)