Lorella Zanardo

Activist & Writer, Italy


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Lorella Zanardo is an activist for human rights and social justice. She is the author of the project “Face Manifesto” a ten points manifesto conceived to offer food for thought.The manifesto brings together ideas by the most prominent thinkers and artists of all time who have contributed to the discour of the notion of the visage at a global scale by employing

a video essay that invites the viewer to directly face both artificially created and actually existing faces, in the attempt to encourage a new awareness, both emotional and phys­ical, that we need in order to start looking at all sorts of visages without filters.

Zanardo is a member of WIN advisory board, an international organisation of female professionals based in Oslo. She has co-directed the documentary “Il Corpo delle Donne” (“The Body of Women”), which has been watched online by millions of people, and is co-author of a book of the same name; the project has initiated an important reflection on the representation of women in the media. Zanardo is President of “Nuovi Occhi per i Media” (“New Eyes for the Media”) Association, offering educational programs on image and media culture as tools to reclaim active citizenship, which have been attended by thousands of high school students. Speaker, lecturer, writer, she is author and director of the theatre performance “Schermi” (“Screens”), a piece on the importance of media education as a tool for active citizenship. She has been member of the Chamber Study Commission for the drafting of the “Internet Bill of Rights.” A Diversity Management and Female Leadership consultant, she has previously held senior positions in major international organisations. For her contribution to the progress of women, she has received numerous awards: particularly, TIAW – World of Difference Award, Washington, has acknowledged the effectiveness of her actions for the cultural advancement of women in her country. Her wesbite is (http://www.lorellazanardo.it/).