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Italian women have a plan to end gender-based violence

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A notorious Italian feminists group is sick of hearing that violence against women is a private matter or a one-time mistake. To them, the phenomenon is deeply rooted in our culture. They are planning a global women's strike.

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On November 25, thousands of women marched through the streets of Rome wearing in fuchsia to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

This issue is far from resolved in Italy. According to the National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT), every 3 days a woman is killed by a current or ex-partner or for gender-based reasons. More than 6 million women have been subjected to physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. Roughly 3 million experienced stalking, while a million -- blackmail and harassment at work.

The event was organized by the Non una di meno group, created in 2016 and inspired by the Argentinian movement Ni una menos (Not one [woman] less). Like its South American counterpart, the Italian organization is focused on fighting male privilege through a variety of activities, ranging from art performances to information campaigns. 

Recently, they presented a road map for fighting gender-based violence. It is an in-depth and well-researched document proposing possible solutions to the problem. The premise is that gender inequality is neither a private matter nor a one-time mistake but a phenomenon that is deeply rooted in our culture and affects every aspect of our lives. Hence, it cannot be tackled individually but through an integrated approach.

Sara Picchi, of the Rome chapter of the organization, explains in this interview that their plan is threefold: assisting women victims of violence, educating and promoting health..

To achieve the first point, the plan stresses the necessity to guarantee women an economically stable life by, for example, bolstering self-determination or, in the case of immigrants, by obtaining asylum.

As for education, it is a crucial aspect of the plan. Given that violence against women is a cultural problem, schools and families play a key role. They need to teach respect for diversity and be quick in recognizing harmful gender stereotypes. This is why the plan calls for the revision of manuals and teaching programs in schools and universities.

Finally, the plan elaborates on reproductive health and freedom of choice. Non una di meno demands legal abortion, as well as recognition of the fact that:

Childbirth violence is one of the most prevalent forms of violence against women.

Non una di meno could serve as an exemplary practice for other European feminist initiatives. Next on their agenda is a global event planned for March 8, 2018. In response to the appeal of Argentinian Ni una menos, the Italian activists call for a global women's strike. Looks as if March 8, much like last year, will be a day of struggle.

Details from the story:

  • Last year, in Italy, 149 women were killed --more than a third of them by a family member.
  • In 2014, over 6 million women suffered from physical or sexual violence
  • In 2016, the Non una di meno organization was founded, inspired by the Argentinian movement Ni una menos (Not one [woman] less).
  • On November 25, the group organized an impressive event in Rome to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. They also presented a complex plan of eradicating gender-based violence.
  • The group calls for a global women's strike on March 8, 2018.

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