Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Equal opportunity minister expresses solidarity for Speaker

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Rome, May 3 - Italian equal opportunity minister
vowed to make violence against women a political priority for
the Italian parliament after avalanche of internet threats
against Italy's female House Speaker come to light.
"I read with dismay and indignation what has happened to
House Speak Laura Boldrini, and I increasingly realize how
delicate the role is with which I have been entrusted,"
commented Josefa Idem, the ex-Olympic canoeing gold medalist
appointed last Sunday as minister of equal opportunity, sports
and youth policy in the new government led by Premier Enrico
Letta.
Boldrini said on Thursday that hundreds, perhaps thousands
of threats - including death and rape - had mobbed her via the
internet since she was elected speaker in recent weeks,
including graphic photo-shopped images of her face over graphic,
grotesque victim images.
"Hundreds of men, vile and without dignity, consider it
normal to insult and threaten a woman for her own opinions -
indeed, probably just for the fact that a woman dared to express
ideas - are a sign of a subculture that must be uprooted in this
country," Idem continued.
Idem expressed her full "solidarity and support" for
Boldrini, as well as plans "to meet soon" with her to place
"violence against women" among "priority items for the political
agenda of this parliament, starting with the ratification of the
Istanbul Convention".
The Istanbul Convention is the 2011 Council of Europe
convention on preventing and combating violence against women
and domestic violence.

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