The next 26 May, together with the European elections, will be held the Italian administrative elections. We have taken steps to find candidates of Albanian origin that you can consult
Today we present the sixth candidate, Ilda Beqo, born in Fier, Albania.
Ilda Beqo, 40 years, born in Fier Albania, Modenese adopted by 23 years. Graduated in Fier I moved to Modena to study law.
Graduated in the 2003 I obtained the title of lawyer in the 2008.
Since then I have been working as a lawyer in matters of civil and administrative law, family law, child labor, immigration, etc.
Starting from personal experiences I am particularly sensitive to the issues of women's rights, immigration, integration and social inclusion and, over the years, I have engaged in associations working with Modenese voluntary associations, including, “Donne in the World "," Donne Giuriste "and" Porta Aperta ", participating in various projects and conferences.
I am among the founders of the Albanian cultural association "Mother Teresa" in Modena, of which I was vice president until July 2018.
They are also, among the founders and Counselor of the Board of the Association Albanian Lawyers in Italy AAI founded in 2019, a project that I have been working on for several years.
I don't think there is a single answer to the question of why he decided to run for the Modena city council.
Certainly mine is a choice of heart, of attachment to values in which I have always believed: politics understood as a service for others, from below, starting from people, from all people, from their needs, from confrontation and from skills.
I applied for the civic list "Left for Modena" with Candidate Mayor Gian Carlo Muzzarelli because I believe in the values of the left, that useful to stop hatred and fear, racism and the right and because I believe I can offer my contribution to the citizenship for the next consiliatura, even for those who are my professional skills.
Interview with Ilda Beqo
Albanian heart and blood, Italian by adoption!
1. What is your proposal within the program of the Left list for Modena
Some of the proposals in the list I care about are:
- Urban security - guaranteeing urban security with preventive and contrasting answers with an adequate presence of law enforcement agencies in the defense of the territory and intelligence activity.
- Work - To create a terrain that is favorable to business activity while respecting the law and at the same time to defend quality and labor rights. Facilitate bureaucracy in favor of companies in order to streamline practices and facilitate the investment and growth processes of small and medium-sized enterprises. Constantly monitor and intervene to prevent situations of illegality and sometimes actual exploitation and conditions of different wage regulations between workers performing the same functions.
- Environment - Minimize the consumption of virgin land. Implement strategies against air pollution. Encourage separate collection and reduction of incineration.
- Education - creating a network between the various institutional, economic and civil society subjects to give students awareness of the different job potentialities offered by the territory and to facilitate young people to make an informed choice in their studies. Organizing the educational offer, from early childhood, ensuring balanced comprehensive Institutes, as regards the presence of boys and girls of different geographical origins so that it is possible to enhance cultural pluralism without creating schools de facto destined only to children of immigrant people.
- Immigration - implementing integration policies for regular migrants and second and third generations; reception policies for asylum seekers who must be considered part of the community and treated with humanity and solidarity.
2. If you win, what do you think you propose to be innovative for all citizens?
I believe in a policy at the service of people: their needs, their expectations and their dreams. A policy that focuses on listening, dialogue and participation in the common good.
I want a city that leaves no one behind, that gives everyone, regardless of their starting condition, the same rights and the same opportunities. So I will put my skills and experience at the service of my city so that inclusion policies are implemented and all citizens are given a voice.
3. Why do you think they will have to vote for you?
Because I would like to give a voice to those who have no voice or are not willing to be heard. (professional deformation)
4. Being in possession of a dual citizenship, belonging to multiple cultures and speaking multiple languages is a point of advantage or disadvantage for you and why?
It depends, it is a point of advantage if I think I will have preferences from the Albanian and foreign community that has the right to vote and, to the disadvantage, if I think of the fact that despite having spent more than half of my life in Modena my friends / colleagues Italians are sometimes wrong to write my surname ... Let alone those who do not know me. However my surname is very simple, only 4 letters BEQO
5. You are of Albanian origin. What is Albania for you?
My greatest pride. And then they are "Çame" and I told you everything
6. What does it mean to have a foreign name in your everyday life?
Having a foreign name encouraged me to undertake an intense "job" to break the wrong image of the Albanian prototype in Italy, forged through the means that spread news on the daily news.
This creates a wrong image of people, completely suffocating their individuality. I tried to show off a new image of Albania, which has always existed and exists, and which is worth being proud of.
7. Are you Italian enough for those who will vote for you?
So many Italians entrust me with the protection of their rights every day, so I think I am Italian enough in their eyes also to participate in the political life of my city ...
8. Do you care about polls? What do they say about your list where you signed up?
Yes, I care, I think it's normal. It is a varied plural list, with young people, retirees, professionals, representatives of the voluntary sector, outgoing and local councilors, expressions of the world of health, of the school, of the legal profession and more that brings freshness and experience, stories of civicism and political and social commitment.
9. What does it mean to be integrated in your opinion and what are the proposals to be made to improve immigration policies?
Being part of a community through a gradual socialization process to be included in it.
In order to improve immigration policies, it is necessary to know the migration phenomenon thoroughly and to enhance its effects, not as the "Security decree" did which made people who worked, who had started an integration process irregular, and left them on the road without alternative! I can bring my personal and professional experience so that the knowledge of the migratory phenomenon, in its various components, is a common heritage of the citizens according to a much safer principle: "we fear above all what we ignore, not what is in itself truly fearsome" .
10. Is there an organized Albanian community where you are a candidate? (like some association, a school, etc.). How many Albanians are there in your constituency?
Yes, the "Mother Teresa" Association founded in 2016 by a group of esteemed Albanian not very young countrymen, who, aware of the difficulties of carrying out the association's program, asked for help to young Albanian undergraduates / graduates and professionals active on the Modena area to carry out the project. I worked with the youth group until July 2018. The association has taken important steps crowning the dream of opening the Albanian language school. The registry office of Modena counts 2.181 Albanian citizens.
11. Don't you think they only chose you to draw on the votes of your community?
Yes, it can be. But I am glad that the votes that will come will go to "Left for Modena" and not to the unbalanced fascists who until yesterday were shouting about wanting to use the Constitution as toilet paper and continue to trample our rights every day without any restraint.
12. What do you have to say to the other candidates of Albanian origin who compete in other lists?
Let's go on with the determination that characterizes us. We represent the positive energies arrived with nothing but hope, we instill the same hope in our communities to draw with them a future with the colors of integration and peaceful coexistence!
Ps. I cannot say the same thing to the candidates with the list of the League because theirs is not a policy of inclusion but of exclusion.
13. Do you want to add something or say more that you think is important?
I am grateful to Modena for giving me the opportunity to realize myself personally and professionally. I want to be able to give back, even minimally, all the good that this European city, open and welcoming, generous and without prejudice like Modena has reserved for me.
Finally, I would like to thank Albania News for the great media work and for the opportunity it offered us to make ourselves known to the community.
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