On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the ACLI Women’s Coordination organize, Saturday 26 November, from 9.30 to 12, a round table, which will be broadcast in live streaming on the social channels of the National ACLI, entitled Because the violence has come to this point, with the following program:
Clare VolpatoNational Head of ACLI Women’s Coordination
Simonetta DeFaziNational ACLI researcher in the culture, studies and research area
Evidence from the area
Mariangela PeritoPsychologist, Campania Women’s Coordination Manager
Santina BrunoLawyer, Calabria Women Coordination Manager
Emanuele CornProfessor of criminal law, at the universities of Trento and Antofagasta (Chile)
Arthur SicaPsychotherapist President of the “Whitedove” Genoa Association, Consultant for the Senate Feminicide Commission
Erica MastrocianiNational ACLI Head of the Culture, Studies and Research Area
«Violence against women, from stalking to feminicide, is an issue that affects everyone. It’s not just a women’s issue but a crucial issue that women and especially men have to take charge of». He claims it Marina Consonno, president of ACLI of Como, on the occasion of November 25th. A phenomenon, that of femicide and stalking, accompanied by statistics that draw a dramatic picture of the phenomenon.
“Since 1999, November 25 has been the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – reads the press release released by the ACLI of Como – The date was chosen in memory of the brutal assassination in 1960 of the three Mirabal sisters in the Dominican Republic under the harsh dictatorship of Trujillo. While on their way to visit their husbands in prison for political reasons, on November 25, 1960, the women were captured, tortured, killed, and thrown in their car into a ravine by military intelligence agents. Their fault, and that of their husbands, had been active opposition to the Trujillo regime. In short, in just a few years, attention and initiatives on the phenomenon of violence against women have grown. Like the attention of the press, but on the other hand the number of rapes and deaths has also increased..
What is certain is that while the affirmation of equality and the prohibition of discrimination have been an integral part of the human rights system from the very beginning, the issue of violence against women enters the international debate only very late – substantially in the last ten years – and still today it encounters resistance and conflict, with deep differences remaining on how to recognize it, prevent it, punish it and even define it within common regulatory and legal systems.CopyAMP code
The tightening of penalties for those who commit these horrible crimes has failed to stem feminicide in our country. Women who work in anti-violence centers have been denouncing it for some time. The sanctioning system intervenes at the end of the criminal chain and in any case does not constitute an effective deterrent. We need to intervene at the origin of the phenomenon.
It is universally recognized that gender-based violence has solid cultural foundations. And it has its roots in socio-cultural behaviors. This is why it is necessary to strengthen and intervene on a preventive level on the cultural and educational aspects to prevent gender stereotypes from reproducing, starting with educational agencies – family and school in primis – with the involvement of everyone.
We are convinced that an education based on knowledge and respect for genders, on the ability to manage and express emotions, on the equal and respectful idea of others must be disseminated; not based on stereotyped expectations that represent calm and serene girls, and impetuous and violent boys.
We are calling for women to report violent behavior before it is too late. To create a process for taking charge of the complainant, without interruption. So that we intervene strongly, compactly, unitedly and convincingly to undermine a demeaning culture, which forces us all into forced behavior, far from a civilization of relationships that knows how to make us live happily“.