Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018
STRASBOURG

Italy says it won't permit violence against women

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Strasbourg, September 10 - Italy expects a long
battle against the abuse of women, but it has taken major first
steps, a government official said Tuesday.
Since signing the Council of Europe's Istanbul Convention
condemning violence against women, the Italian government has
approved its own law to address the phenomenon, said Cecilia
Guerra, deputy minister for labour and social policies.
"The government's adherence to the principles of this
(Istanbul) convention is very strong," said Guerra.
Italy also recognizes that laws and punishment are not
enough, but must be reinforced with new social behaviours, she
added.
Government policy includes a national action plan that will
include awareness campaigns for schools, health facilities as
well as better coordination between social agencies, she said.
Italy has been plagued by a spate of violent crimes against
women and murders by partners, ex-boyfriends and husbands, as
well as at the hands of strangers, say human rights groups.
"Sexual violence causes more fatalities among women in
Italy than cancer and is most often committed by a spouse or
former partner," Maria Gabriella Carnieri Moscatelli, president
of the Italian emergency hotline Telefono Rosa, said in
December.
The Istanbul Convention describes violence against
women as a form of discrimination and as a violation of human
rights.

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