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
Yesterday we presented the first candidate, Admir Toto. Today we present the second candidate, Uljana Gazidede, born in Durres, Albania.
Uljana Gazidede, born in Durres - Albania the 16.12.1972. Lives in Bari since the year 1993. He studied law at the University of Bari "Aldo Moro" graduated over 19 years ago.
He is a Research Doctor since the year 2014. Is President of AAI (Associates of Albanian lawyers in Italy).
He has worked as a lawyer in Bari since the year 2004 and is an expert on immigration law. His clients come from all parts of the world including Italy.
"I can say that I have the whole world at my home and I am used to meeting people of all languages, religions, races, and colors, uses and customs"
Interview with Uljana Gazidede
«I do not give up and I am ready to give back all the good I received from Bari»
1. What is your proposal within the program of the "Progressive Ecologists for Bari" list
- A cleaner and more orderly city, more public green, parks for children and the elderly, roads and sidewalks adjusted, shops that respect the minimum rules of order and cleanliness, the petticoats that must be cleaned and not rented as dwellings to foreigners without respecting the minimum requirements of habitability, the center and the periphery must be considered in the same way in order to avoid the ghettos that create only social exclusion and marginalization of the last that in our city of Bari are the poor and immigrants.
- Creation of spaces accessible to citizens without being "occupied" by drug dealing phenomena that create social alarm.
- More control of the police in the meeting places, namely squares, stations and neighborhoods
2. If you win, what do you think you propose to be innovative for all citizens?
I think that Bari needs to move consciences in terms of social inclusion and inclusion and I would like to propose to the institutions to facilitate these social policies that enrich the city and make it become a model not only in words.
3. Why do you think they will have to vote for you?
I think the time has come that this city has been waiting for a long time, that is, to have one of its citizens, even if born abroad, that loves it more than anything else, respects it, praises it even when it is not the case, knows it in all its facets until you even get to know its dialect. Now the people of Bari have the opportunity to vote for a candidate like me and to show that they are ready and without prejudice and that they have omitted the preconception of the Albanian "type".
I hope I'm not disappointed.
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 has always been for me. Indeed, I can say that it helped me to have a more open vision of things; be ready to accept the other without judging; I always put myself in the other person's shoes because I know what it means to make sacrifices to go on, to be accepted, tolerated, and not discriminated against.
5. You are of Albanian origin. What is Albania for you?
The mother country. My heart, my blood, my land, my origins, my breath.
6. What does it mean to have a foreign name in your everyday life?
At first I was struggling to accept the fact that nobody knew how to pronounce my name. Even in the Courtrooms, a great many Judges first asked me questions about the name, provenance, where I had studied and then they made me discuss the cause.
Now all this amuses me also because I have to say that after so many years I'm noticing a turnaround.
Now I find so many people who boast of having been on vacation in Albania and having had a great time and so I can finally say that here in Bari it is no longer necessary to deny being Albanian, as unfortunately happened several years ago, due to a certain press which certainly didn't make us a good advertisement.
7. Are you Italian enough for those who will vote for you?
I'm used to hearing the following sentences: Uljana is more Italian than me ... or my mother, you also understand the dialect ... or you are the real Bari and I am the Albanian ... in short, I believe that those who know me will have no difficulty in this regard.
8. Do you care about polls? What do they say about the list you signed up for?
Yes, of course, even if I don't trust polls much.
9. What does it mean to be integrated in your opinion and what are the proposals to be made to improve immigration policies?
Avoid the creation of ghettos in certain neighborhoods that does not help anyone, neither the foreigner nor the citizen.
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?
Unfortunately I have to say that we Albanians are not organized.
In Bari there is no similar association although in the city there are over 4 thousand residents of Albanian origin with Italian citizenship and many others with a residence permit.
11. Don't you think they only chose you to draw on the votes of your community?
I certainly think so, and we cannot deny the fact, however, that after 30 years a community like ours should have its own representative who sits in the institutions in order to avoid the creation of social differences and exclusions in this sense.
12. What do you have to say to the other candidates of Albanian origin who compete in other lists?
I wish them the best of luck and I hope that some of us will make it to the finish line. I'm proud of them all and seeing so much participation makes me feel good.
13. Do you want to add something or say more that you think is important?
I want to add and give a message to my city of Bari and to my fellow citizens: I would like to return all the good I received from this city that welcomed me like a daughter and made me grow in every sense and I will be grateful to her forever because she never made me feel foreign.
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