Tuesday 23 November 2021 – 15:44
Milan, banner for the freedoms of Afghan women at Palazzo Marino
On the occasion of the Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Milan, 23 Nov. (askanews) – The Municipality of Milan has decided to remember, as part of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Afghan victims of a heavy suppression of their freedom following the takeover of the Taliban. Tomorrow, on the occasion of the anniversary established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1999, starting from 10 in Palazzo Marino a banner will therefore be displayed with the words “Milan with Afghan women” to express closeness to girls, girls and women who are forced to live in such a difficult situation.
“The city of Milan – the councilor for Welfare and Health Lamberto Bertolè commented in a note – has long been committed to combating violence against women and, together with the extraordinary network of shelters and anti-violence centers and the many organizations involved on the territory, we have created a system that works both on the prevention of the phenomenon and on the construction of personalized paths of liberation and escape from the spiral of violence and the reacquisition of autonomy “.
The anti-violence network of the Municipality of Milan makes 9 anti-violence centers and 9 shelters available, offering listening through telephone or on-site interviews, health and legal assistance, psychological or psychiatric counseling, facilitating in many cases taking charge by the Social Services . There are 971 women who, in the first half of 2021, contacted the affiliated structures and were supported. Of these, 50 have agreed on a welcome path in the nine city shelters. Although the number of women who have asked for help has remained stable compared to previous years, the requests have become multiple and more complex to manage, a sign of an aggravation of the phenomenon.
Most (over 360) are between 18 and 39 years old, but the number is significantly high even in the 45 to 54 age group (around 330). The victims are in 64% of the cases Italian and almost always the violence suffered is psychological (over 800) or physical (over 650), even if there are cases of economic violence (over 210), sexual (over 230). ) and stalking (210) and very often different types of abuse overlap and coexist. 59% of the women helped have children – often minors – who therefore almost always witnessed violence against the mother. In 74% of cases the ‘torturers’ are husbands, ex husbands, cohabitants or ex cohabitants, partners or ex partners.