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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 

President Mattarella: “The failure of society is behind violence against women”

Vita gazette: Many people took to the streets throughout Italy to demonstrate and say enough about violence against women on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence. The President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella: “The failure of society is behind violence against women:”

Today, Saturday, 25 November 2023, is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. November 25 is an important day: it marks the brutal murder of the three Mirabal sisters in 1960 in the Dominican Republic. They linked to the 14 June liberation group against the dictatorship in the country were kidnapped and beaten to death before being thrown into a cliff. Their disappearance became a symbol of rebellion, institutionalised in 1999 by the United Nations.

The intense cold and wind of November 25 could not stop those who rose against the violence. Women, men, elderly, young people, children and babies dominated the streets of Italy from the early morning hours. With red ribbons around their arms, red marks on their faces and handkerchiefs around their necks, they said, “Enough! No to violence.”

The fuchsia tide gathered at the Circus Maximus. “Not One Less” calls the tide in the square for the eighth consecutive year “with more anger than ever”. Thousands of people have already gathered with their faces marked in red. Or with handkerchiefs around their necks. For Giulia, for the many, too many, victims of femicide. Screaming in chorus, “We want each other alive. Against the patriarchy.”

“The structural violence that affects our lives”

The “Non-una di meno” movement, which promotes the demonstration in Rome, said in a note that it is not “a commemoration of the victims of femicide, but a point of concentration of the revolt against the structural violence that affects our lives.”

“Patriarchy kills”

A minute of noise with the keys, with the applause, with the shouts, with the whistles. This is how the demonstration against violence against women in Milan entitled “Patriarchy killed” ended.

Mattarella: “The failure of society is behind violence against women”

“Dramatic news events shake the conscience of the country. A human society, inspired by civilisational criteria, cannot accept cannot tolerate the steady stream of attacks on women, if not their murder. The incurable pain and pain of wounded families and communities is everyone’s torment. When we find ourselves faced with a murdered woman, the broken life of a young person, a person humiliated verbally or in the gestures of everyday life, in the family, in the workplace, at school, we realise that behind this violence, there is the failure of a society that fails to promote real equal relationships between women and men. The number of women victims of aggression and oppression is itself a rebuke of the existence of a phenomenon not linked only to abnormal situations. We cannot limit ourselves to intermittently opposing it with anger. We are far from the rooting of that profound cultural change that our Constitutional Charter indicates.” The President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, wrote this in a message on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Meloni: “You are not alone. Call 1522”

“When you think that love can hurt, it’s not love. 1522 is the number you can call when you want to defend yourself”, underlines Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni on the eve of the World Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Piazza Colonna during the government’s initiative with several champions of the world of sport. We must remember that we are free, and no one can take away that freedom from us, and who can think of possessing us? We are free. And 1522 is the number that is called to defend that freedom and to be helped by institutions and a society that lives as demonstrated by these great athletes.” “You’re not alone. Call 1522” is the slogan projected on the facade of Palazzo Chigi, alongside the red logo with white writing: “Against violence against women.”

The Pope: “Violence is a poisonous weed”

“Violence against women is a poisonous weed that afflicts our society and which must be eliminated from the roots. These roots grow in the soil of prejudice and injustice; they must be countered with an educational action that places the person with his dignity at the centre”. Pope Francis stated this on X, on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

2023: 295 murders

According to data from the Interior Ministry, from 1 January to 19 November 2023, 295 murders were recorded, with 106 female victims, of which 87 were killed in a family or emotional context in Italy; of these, 55 died at the hands of their partner or ex-partner.

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