Miss Progress International 2022 is Italian: she will produce jams in a building confiscated from the Camorra
The eighth world edition of the contest dedicated to the environment, health and human rights took place in Puglia, Italy.
Francesca Speranza came out on top among 20 contestants from all continents with a self-sustainable project.
LEUCA, ITALY – September 2022 – She will make jam in a building confiscated from the Camorra in her city by planting fruit trees and realizing the concept of urban agriculture.
Francesca Speranza, 26 years old from Caserta, with her project self-financed through the sale of products, and which can already boast the support of a large group of volunteers, has won the eighth edition of Miss Progress International – Women support the World and allowed Italy to win the title for the first time.
On Saturday evening, at the Messapia Hotel & Resort in Santa Maria di Leuca, in the province of Lecce, took place the 8th world final of the competition promoting projects dedicated to Environment, Health and Human rights.
It has been presented by the pageant director Giuseppe Borrillo and live streamed worldwide.
With a degree in law, a trainee in a law firm and soon to specialize in international law thanks to her excellent knowledge of English and Spanish, Francesca beat off competition from nineteen other young contestants from five continents.
The winner will also receive financial support from the cultural association In Progress, chaired by Giusy Nobile, to launch her project.
Other prizes were also awarded during the evening: Andrea Pineda (Colombia) won the competition for the Health theme and for best traditional costume, Beatriz Awatin (Philippines) the one for Human Rights plus the special prize for the most popular on the web, and Puerto Rican Gabriela Monserrate got the award for Cultural Integration.
Francesca Speranza’s project was the best on the theme of the Environment, and since her text achieved the highest score overall and she won the most coveted title.
Guest of honour of the show was the Colombian Vanesa Giraldo Lopez, winner of the last edition, who brought to fruition Almagua, her environmental project in support of the Amazonian Yaguas tribe and on Saturday evening handed over the crown to Francesca directly from her hands.
Miss Progress International 2022 is Italian
Thanks to the collaboration of the Inner Wheel Club of Tricase and Santa Maria di Leuca, chaired by Rossana Rossoni, 4,500 euro were collected for the Women’s Cancer Center run by the IEO-Monzino Foundation of Milan.
The only sore point of the event, which enjoyed the moral patronage of the Italian Ministry of Culture and the Presidents of the Apulia Region and the Province of Lecce, was the absence of the institutions in an event that turns the spotlight on issues that are all too often forgotten even though they are always topical, and that promotes the Apulian territory worldwide.
On the Miss Progress International’s YouTube channel it is possible to watch the short storytelling videos for each single day of the event.