Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018

Pellegrini leads fight against violence on women


(by Kate Carlisle)
Rome, August 5 - Champion Italian swimmer and
Olympic gold medalist Federica Pellegrini tweeted on Monday that
she is lending her voice to the movement against violence
suffered by women.
Pellegrini is taking part in fashion house Yamamay's 'Ferma
il bastardo' or 'Stop the bastard' awareness campaign battling
violence and abuse inflicted on women, especially by spouses and
On her 25th birthday, the champion swimmer who just returned
from Barcelona with a surprise silver-medal win in the 200m
freestyle at the World Swimming Championships, asked her fans
and followers to spread the news.
Pellegrini, who is also a spokesperson for the Lingerie
label, posted on her @mafaldina88 account a picture of herself
with her teammates from the Italian national swimming team
wearing the campaign t-shirt and wrote "Retweet please!"
Yamamay has shared the powerful campaign slogan on
Facebook, a dedicated webpage and also created an ad hoc hashtag
The project is informative, as well as practical with
creation of a 24-hour national helpline (1522) established with
the country's equal opportunities ministry.
National figures for violence against women have taken on
an increasingly alarming tone.
Sixty-five women were killed in Italy in the first quarter
of 2013, with on average a woman murdered every two-and-a-half
days, the Italian psychiatric society said in July.
Most of the violence occurs within the home and 90% of the
abuses are not reported to the police, Yamamay emphasised.
Data released in November by the Italian emergency hotline
Telefono Rosa said that violence against women in relationships
represents the most common form, 85%, of violence experienced by
"We want to support and strengthen the victims, we want to
give them a signal, to create a movement and a shared awareness.
Sharing this message wants to be a way to react together," the
company said.
The three key words of the campaign are: change,
solidarity, participation, Yamamay said.
In June, the Italian Senate unanimously approved the 2011
Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against
women and domestic violence.
The Istanbul Convention describes violence against
women as a form of discrimination and as a violation of human
It also defines crimes against women that are punishable,
including psychological violence, stalking, physical violence,
sexual violence and rape, forced marriage, female genital
mutilation, forced abortion, forced sterilization and
sexual harassment.
The Istanbul Convention gained political momentum in Italy
after House Speaker Laura Boldrini revealed that since she had
been elected to lead the Chamber earlier this year, she had
become the target of a widespread threats and grotesque
photomontages on the Internet.
The Convention's approval makes Italy the fifth country to
actually ratify the Council of Europe convention.
Pellegrini stepped out of a 12-month sabbatical last week
that she began after doing poorly at the 2012 London Olympics to
take second place in the 200m freestyle at the World Swimming
Championships with just 33 centimeters difference from the lead.
The broad-smiled blond swimmer from the northern region of
Veneto had not planned to defend her 200m world title that she
won in 2009 and 2011.
Pellegrini won gold in the 200m freestyle at the 2008
Beijing Olympics and was also the 400m freestyle world champion
in 2009 and 2011.

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