26th November 2023 – (Rome) Thousands of demonstrators flooded the streets of Italy on Saturday, uniting in observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. In a powerful display of solidarity, citizens from various cities joined forces to raise awareness and demand an end to gender-based violence.
According to authorities and local media, Rome alone witnessed a staggering turnout of approximately 50,000 registered participants, while Milan saw an impressive gathering of around 30,000 individuals.
The nation remains in a state of shock following the recent incident of femicide, which involved the tragic killing of a 22-year-old student on 11th November by her former boyfriend, who later confessed to the crime after being apprehended by the police.
Startlingly, the victim marked the 106th case of femicide in Italy as of 11th November this year, as reported by the Interior Ministry. This distressing figure serves as a stark reminder of the pervasive and deeply concerning issue of gender-based violence within the country.
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, denouncing the recent femicide as “barbaric,” has vowed to launch a comprehensive awareness campaign within schools. The initiative aims to provide emotional education to students, equipping them with the tools necessary to combat and prevent gender violence. Additionally, the Prime Minister has pledged to enact stricter legislation targeting perpetrators of such heinous acts.
While general homicide rates have witnessed a decline over the past decades, official statistics reveal a disturbing trend in femicide cases. In 2022 alone, Italy recorded 106 instances of femicide, followed by 139 cases in 2021 and 116 cases in 2020.
Of the 106 victims of femicide this year, a significant number, at least 87, fell victim to violence within a “familiar environment.” Shockingly, the data from the Interior Ministry indicates that 55 of these victims were killed by their current or former partners, underscoring the urgent need for comprehensive measures to address domestic violence.