Violence against women, the stage (without men) with the ministers of the Draghi government –

Violence against women, the stage (without men) with the ministers of the Draghi government –
Violence against women, the stage (without men) with the ministers of the Draghi government –
from Carlo Verdelli

The presence at the press conference testifies to a visible and measurable will of commitment. The premier in the audience in the front row as if to bless the initiative without wanting to hinder it

All right, all indispensable, all more than urgent. Anything to stop in any way an emergency that has already been done 109 victims since the beginning of the year alone and that leaves the painful tail of two thousand orphans of mothers, and with a father too many times in the role of the murderer. Where fear or shame, combined with the certainty that there will be no justice and in any case not soon and not free, push very few women, just over one in ten, to report sexual or physical violence. Welcome, therefore, any raising of the defenses and protections, such as the one presented on Friday 3 December, in the solemn setting of Palazzo Chigi, by an equally solemn task force, testimony of a visible, measurable, even fierce will of commitment. This time we will not stop, the representatives of this government seemed to say, gathered together for the first time: seven out of eight (Cristina Messa, University and Research, the only justified absentee); out of the total of 23 ministers, almost one in every three, much better than the national average among executives or top managers of companies or newspapers or the heads of something.

The scene was meant to be symbolic:
set ministers, in a semicircle on a stage, to announce a package of new measures against violence against women. And no middle man, just Prime Minister Mario Draghi, but already in the audience, albeit in the front row, as if to bless the initiative without wanting to hinder it. And perhaps the problem also lies there, in the ostentatious, although certainly dictated by misunderstood courtesy, the absence of males when it comes to women’s things. It’s just that it’s not a girl thing. The vast field of harassment, persecution, beatings, humiliations, killings that target the body and soul of women are not a problem of gender but of civilization, and therefore of everyone.

The man is the unlicensed hunter, the hitter, the bully, the murderer, the bully who humiliates the weak to annihilate it. Now, with enforced regulations against this abuse of force and power, from the electronic bracelet for the most dangerous individuals to the ability to proceed ex officio in the event of domestic violence without waiting for a report, it will be a little more difficult to always get away with it. But to hope that more severity is enough to stem a sea of ​​violence that overflows in waves risks fueling illusions that will not have the expected consequences.

Being born and raising a woman in Italy is not a business that makes your life easier
, even in the absence of evil encounters. According to each statistic, it’s the women who are paying the most bill

salty to the pandemic, both in terms of job losses and for the sacrifices necessary to follow the youngest children in the long trench of distance learning, and the two are often linked, with the first and the consequence of the second. The list of inequalities with respect to males can be applied almost anywhere, from gap salariale to the family, where the burdens of responsibility and effort are unevenly distributed, up to de facto marginalization in politics, where the corrective consolation of pink quotas does not work either, which will be even better than nothing but a discouraging index of a subordination as well established as it is unjustifiable. To the last administrative ones, just 553 candidates for mayor out of 2,855 places in the running, less than a fifth of the total; in the eight key cities, none made it to the ballot.

But as if the blatant diversity of consideration and treatment were not enough for the dominant minority, because this is the male population, to spare the surcharge of hatred and abuse of the female gender. The map of intolerance, conceived by Vox-Italian Observatory on Rights, monitors the levels of contempt on the main social media, from Facebook to Twitter. In 2020, the first place was largely held by women (49.91%), followed at a considerable distance by Jews (18.45%), migrants (14.40%), Muslims (12.01%), homosexuals ( 3.28%) and disabled (1.95%). Yet every time this puzzling evidence is faced, this gulf of gender disparity badly hidden under a huge carpet of hypocrisy, whenever a woman ends up at the center of a case of abuse, whatever it is, it seems that only women are entitled to talk about it, and men, either out of modesty or out of indifference or out of a vague sense of collective guilt, more or less willingly evade the scene, as if the topic is not of their relevance or concerns them just marginally.

If somewhere you have to start over
, and the numbers of violence, stopping at those, say that in a civil state it is absolutely necessary to start again, a very first symbolic step could be to share, females and males, the challenge for the same goal: a less brutal and more just Italy with every little girl, every girl, every adult, every old woman who you live here. And then on that stage at Palazzo Chigi perhaps it would not have been wrong for the entire government to go up instead of just ministers, to demonstrate that the question is not a matter reserved for a part of the country and not just a necessary tightening of measures. against men who hate women. On the table are the sacrosanct rights, including being able to live without being beaten up or brazenly harassed, by the world’s most minority majority.

December 4, 2021 (change December 5, 2021 | 12:35)


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