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November 25: “Enough! Stop the violence”

Day for the elimination of violence against women

Vita gazette – On November 25th, the major national demonstrations in Italy are the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999 in memory of the Mirabal sisters, three political activists killed in the Dominican Republic in 1960. It is a symbolic date that does not only want to draw attention to a widespread phenomenon, such as feminicide but urgently calls for a precise political positioning and solid objectives, such as consent education and funding for anti-violence centres.

The rallies come amid an outpouring of anger and national debate sparked by the recent killing of 22-year-old student Giulia Cecchettin in Italy’s northern Friuli Venezia Giulia region.

Elena Cecchettin has called for her sister Giulia to be remembered with a minute of noise instead of silence.

Busloads of people are due to travel from all over Italy to attend the Rome rally, with a parallel demonstration being staged in the Sicilian city of Messina on Saturday morning.

The Italian parliament on Wednesday approved new measures to clamp down on violence against women, following unanimous support from the senate and lower house. Among the measures being introduced is a campaign in schools to address sexism, machismo and psychological and physical violence against women.

Protests have been taking place across the country since last weekend when Cecchettin’s body was found wrapped in plastic at the bottom of a ravine near a lake north of Venice.  Her corpse showed signs of a brutal murder, with multiple, deep knife wounds to the head and neck. The murder suspect – Cecchettin’s former boyfriend, Filippo Turetta – was arrested in Germany on Sunday, eight days after fleeing the country. The 22-year-old is due to be extradited on Saturday, the same day that Italy marks the Giornata Internazionale per l’Eliminazione della Violenza sulle Donne. Elena Cecchettin called for her sister Giulia to be remembered with a minute of noise instead of silence.

Initiatives in Italy for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Events, demonstrations, conferences and shows to participate in on November 25th.

“For Giulia, don’t have a minute of silence; for Giulia, burn everything”. This phrase, inspired by a 2011 poem by the Peruvian writer Cristina Torres Cáceres, was re-proposed by Elena Cecchettin, sister of Giulia Cecchettin, the young 22-year-old student from Vigonovo who died near Lake Barcis, near Pordenone.

The phrase went viral on social media and became the slogan of the sit-ins organised by activists in various Italian cities, from Milan to Padua, from Rome to Florence and beyond, in the days that followed the girl’s discovery. It is a way to greet Giulia Cecchettin but, above all, to say a stop to violence against women so that that anger, that pain, can be the engine to trigger a change. For this reason, November 25th this year is a crucial date for everyone.

The data from the Interior Ministry, relating to the period 1 January – 12 November 2023, report that 102 women were killed, of which 82 were in the family/emotional context; of these, 53 died at the hands of their partner/ex. These data once again bring us to mind that it is a cultural issue of a widespread mentality in society for which education is needed, in homes and schools, sexual and emotional education. For this reason, even if it is not enough, reflecting and participating together on this November 25th is still essential. Here are some initiatives.

 

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