Violence against women: UNICEF Italy, a wave of genital mutilation and early marriages in the next decade

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ROME, NOVEMBER 24 – For the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women – which is celebrated tomorrow – and the beginning of the 16 days of activism campaign against gender violence. UNICEF Italy presented the results of an independent digital platform survey U-Report Italysupported by the Agency ofUN. In the world the increase of povertyofinsecurityof the displacements, of the climate changes and gods conflictsin addition to the persistence of gender discrimination in any society, they amplify the causes of early marriages and some female genital mutilation and make girls even more vulnerable. Also, due to the pandemic from COVID-19 are likely to occur in the next decade 2 million more cases of female genital mutilation and 10 million more child marriages.

On November 16, UNICEF Italy launched a survey on violence against women and girls aimed at young people aged between 14 and 30, registered on the U-Report Italia platform, to understand their opinions on the matter. 293 people responded to the survey.

THE SURVEY – 75% of respondents said they have heard of violence against women and girls and think it is a problem among their peers; in the event of violence, 65% believe it is more useful to ask for specialized support, 10% believe it is more correct to confide in family members and/or adults, 7% believe it is more useful to ignore the problem; if a friend confided that she had suffered violence, 24% of respondents would accompany her to file a complaint, 11% would advise her to speak to a trusted adult, 7% would tell her that she is not alone, 5% would advise her to go to a psychologist, 4% would tell her that it’s not her fault, 1% would advise her to go to a doctor, 47% would give her all the previous advice. Furthermore, 95% of those interviewed would agree or strongly agree on the inclusion of the eeducation for gender equality and to prevention of gender-based violence in the context of teachingcivic education in schools.

However, still today in the world 600 million teenage girls they continue to face unprecedented challenges to their education, physical and mental well-being, and the protection needed for a life without violence. Girls have demonstrated time and time again that if they are granted access to all opportunities, they can be the agents of change and drive progress in their societies, building a stronger future for all, including women, boys and men.

Finally, UNICEF Italy relaunches the petition ”No to Gender Violence: let’s teach it among desks”, to ask the Ministry of Education and Merit to consolidate the promotion of gender equality and the prevention of gender-based violence within theteaching of civic education in schoolsin synergy with the provisions of both the new National Action Plan for Childhood and Adolescence and the National strategic plan on male violence against womenwhose adoption has also been promoted by UNICEF.

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The article is in Italian


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