Patrizia Palonta and the Coordinamento Donne di Montagna

Patrizia Palonta is the President of The Coordination of Women’s Mountain Organization. The institution was born in 2004 in support of all those women who, through their work deal with the preservation, restoration, enhancement and innovation of ancient productions in mountain areas. These technical and traditional knowledge, which we call the ancient feminine knowledge, are often linked to community care and its maintenance and are generally totally sustainable. Felt-makers, weavers, bakers, embroiders, pastor, farmers, and food processors are the true wealth of the mountain. But unfortunately and for different reasons this richness, linked to the communities living in the mountains, is being dispersed and without the coordination of individual efforts and a structure of support, it could be risked forever. In this context, and to fight this risk, the Coordinamento Donne di Montagna was created.

The association’s activities are mainly aimed at women who live and work in the mountains. Their mission is to promote and foster the development of mountain areas to be environmentally sustainable and according to the real needs of the people who live there. They strongly believe that women are essential to the existence and development of these communities: without them, mountains can’t survive. Women with their active presence, their families, their work, are able to develop and improve the alpine areas, but they need constant information and resources.

The organisation is currently working on a new project in Bolivia, called System Titicaca. The environment conditions of the entire region and the need to salvage local biodiversity are important considerations, but the main point of the Coordinamento is to focus on the revival of agricultural traditions. In the Spring issue of No Serial Number magazine, we get to know everything about the project. Get your copy and discover an outstanding team!

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