AWARDS

 

TWO WRITING AWARDS: At the age of 13, Despina  Mirou received her “1st Prize Writing Award”, by the Literary Association of Thessaloniki, for her narrative “The broken TV” . At the age of 14 she received her “2nd Prize Poetry Diploma” from the Rodinius Poetry contest, for her poem “Like a Thursday”.

U.S CONGRESS AWARD:”Excellence in innovations”.In 2012 Despina received an award at the White House in Washington D.C from the U.S Congress “Excellence in Innovations ” for her speech about “The Historically Importance of Women in Ancient Times and Modern Women of Our Times ” that had contributed to humanity in different fields such as science (Hypatia, Maria Montessori) literature (Sapho, Anne Frank) activism (Rosa Parks) politics and many more.(See below her speech)

BEST STAND-UP COMEDY ACTRESS AWARD.In 2018 the audience in Los Angeles ,voted Despina Mirou as their favorite Stand -Up comedy actress and writer after competition.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY  for the Feature film ‘UWritten’ ,in Los Angeles 2018.

 

 

 

DESPINA MIROU speech US Congress
First of all I would like to thank you, for this honor ,inviting me to the sixteenth “Artemis Awards” in US Congress
I am coming from Greece. Birthplace of Civilization and bearer of light. (The most
beautiful country in the world). I am proud to be born Greek. I am even more proud that my heritage is from Thrace, a historical place, rich in mythology and tradition since time immemorial {Spartacus was a Thracian gladiator}
I am proud of the fact, as an actress myself ,that the union of actors “Thespians” was established after Thespis, the First Actor recorded in History ever…
Many artist made Greece proud such as:Katina Paxinou,Melina Merkouri, Irini Papa, Maria Kalas, Theoni Vachlioti, ,and greek Americans like Olympia Doukakis, Nana Mouschouri , Rita Wilson, Tina Fey, JenifferAniston, Melina Kanakarides,Maria Menounos, Nia Vardalos.
Nowadays Greece is facing one more struggle. Fighting one more unequal battle. Bothagainst others and against itself. But as always Greece will see again the light at the endof the tunnel and will embrace it.
Gentlemen and Ladies
My name is Despina. I understand that you are not familiar with my name.
In Greek Mythology “Despina” was the name of Demetra and Poseidon’s daughter (the goddess of fertility and the god of sea respectively). Despina means “Lady of the House”.. in another words the structural KEYSTONE of family. The person that managing resources ,raising and training the new life.
But of course a house is not the absolute district of a woman. A woman can be peaked within all aspects of Society as well. All that philology about “equality‐inequality” can not stand even without arguments. Let me support this theory
Scientists: (like)
Hypatia (Alexandrian Neoplatonic philosopher and mathematician),Marie Curie,
Maria Montessori,Sonya Kovalevski ,Anna Freud
Sacred Monsters of Literature: (like)
Sappho ,Jane Austen ,Apha Behn ,Anne Frank ,
Woman As Muse:
Elena Ivanovna Diakonova also known as “Gala” ,Jaquelin Roque ,Frida Calho ,
Activists (like):
Mother Teresa ,Rosa Parks ,Clara Burton ,Lucy Stone
Politicians (like):
Aspasia ,Indhira Gadhi ,Margaret Thacher ,Carol Malloney
Examples of physical and mental strength: (like)
Hellen Keller ,Anne Sullivan Macy ,Pocahontas
And many more……
And right now I am feeling that I am having the duty to refer to a modern pioneer of
women’s rights.
Of course I am talking about Mary Wallstonekraft.
She was born within the 1750’s and she was a major protester and activist of women rights. She was protesting since a very early age. The reason for that was the abuse of her mother by the hands of her father. She also hated the favoritism that her father show towards her brother. She had stated that she wanted to be nobody’s wife because she would be a possession to him. She was inspired by the French Revolution and that gave her the idea of getting involved with politics. But finally she got married to philosopher William Godwin and gave birth to Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein)
Even this great woman somehow “sacrificed” some of her solid ideals on the sacred altar of love, companionship and motherhood.
Everybody is familiar with the following saying:
“Behind every great man there is a great woman”
Well..in fact a Man overshadows his every «world» with his greatness because of the light emitted from his Woman.
But…somehow under shadowy circumstances we seem to loose the role of “the woman” everyday…little by little
Did we became victims of our own self?
Pursuing carriers and dedicating very little time to our families. Within the vertiginous
evolution of our society due to financial and social requirements, woman only wanted to contribute. But she exposed herself to different challenges and found herself in a constantly defensive standing within hostile environments (sexism ,sexual discriminations, violence etc) . Did woman lost her faith into her biological mission?
How did she turned so…busy?
Finally, let us settle to a totally logical conclusion. The primordial truth of nature that
defines no “equality” what so ever.
How can we..? on what power or authority even responsibility to negotiate the
primordial definition of Nature which obviously dictates that we ,Women and Men are just parts..zero point five (0.5) and zero point five that together makes ONE. Two equal parts in significance that redound Unity from which emanates all the future existence of our species.