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Press release: International Day for Abolishing Violence Against Women

Date:

11/25/2019


Press release: International Day for Abolishing Violence Against Women

November 25th: International Day for Abolishing Violence Against Women

Italy reaffirms its strong support of the fight against all forms of discrimination and violence towards women, which continues to be a grave and unacceptable obstacle for women in the full enjoyment of their rights and in their achievement of complete self-fulfillment. It is a priority commitment for Italy’s foreign policy that our Ministry has driven forward both through diplomatic-negotiating channels and through our development cooperation.

Proof of this commitment can be seen by the many international campaigns which have always found Italy at the forefront, such as the fight against female genital mutilation (FGM) and premature and forced marriages.


In occasion of the International Day for Abolishing Violence Against Women, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and its diplomatic network subscribe to the awareness-raising campaign #OrangetheWorld, promoted by UN Women, which in 2019 focuses on fighting against rape – a form of violence that is particularly heinous and widespread. Indeed, one out of three women globally has been a victim of such violence in their lifetime. The campaign will also be linked to the hashtag #GenerationEquality, which, in remembrance of the twenty-fifth anniversary of Beijing’s Declaration and Platform for Action, invites everyone to take new and significant steps toward gender equality: a goal that to this day, no Country in the world has yet been able to achieve.


In greater depth – Italy’s commitment to ending gender-based violence


Italy is actively committed to promoting the rights of women and girls in its bilateral relations with other countries, with international organizations, and in its own development cooperation programs, in order to fully achieve Sustainable Development Goal 5 of Agenda 2030. The prevention of and fight against every form of violence against women is one of the priorities of Italy’s current term in the United Nations Human Rights Council (2019-2021).


In recent days, on the occasion of the Nairobi Summit for the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development, Italy has announced new commitments within its traditional priorities: the fight against harmful practices such as female genital mutilation, and early and forced marriage; as well as fostering a reduction in maternal mortality and the emancipation of young women in the areas of sexual and reproductive health. The 2017-2020 National Strategic Plan on male violence toward women, which implements the Istanbul Convention on violence against women and domestic violence, includes important commitments in the safeguarding of women and girls.


Italy also supports international initiatives for the prevention of and fight against sexual and gender-based violence in conflict and emergency situations (including the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies), as well as in development cooperation and humanitarian assistance (for example, the recommendation of OECD-DAC this year). Italy has long promoted a policy of zero tolerance policy of sexual abuse of exploitation committed by military and civilian personnel deployed on United Nations’ peace missions.


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