Mattarella: “ It is a public emergency “.
In Italy a woman is killed every 3 days. With the lockdown this phenomenon has tripled. This phenomenon is worldwide, the UN secretary Antonio Guterres called it “a shadow pandemic”. The news of violence against women is too often our news, giving the image of a society where there is the lack of respect for women. These are the words of Sergio Mattarella.
Linked to the Coronavirus pandemic, women are also suffering more from the economic crisis, in Italy almost half a million have lost their jobs. Discrimination of women includes many aspects, women have a precarious job and do not have the same rights as men, moreover the woman risks losing her job if she is pregnant. Often female professional skills are understimated for appearance and therefore aesthetics since external beauty dominates intelligence.
There is much to say on the subject of violence against women. Women who no longer want to be subjected to violence by the man next to them, decide to say enough and for this they find themselves in unpleasant situations of costant harassment. Violence against women begins inside home and they rarely report abuse. This violence often remains hidden out of fear, modesty and hopes of future improvement but many cases end in murder.
To combat violence against women, one must listen to and believe in the victims. We educate future generations respect human rights, they must be taught that it is okay to be different and they must be encouraged to a culture of acceptance and welcome. We also need to raise awareness of social issues and support and finance women’s organizations that empower women by amplifying their voices. The end of violence against women is not just about women but is everyone’s business for a better future.