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25 November: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women


ד / 11 / 2019

25 November: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Italy reaffirms its firm commitment to fight all forms of discrimination and violence against women,
which continues to be a serious and unacceptable obstacle to the enjoyment of
women's rights and to their full personal fulfillment. This is a priority
commitment among the actions of our Country's foreign policy that the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs is pursuing both at the diplomatic-negotiation level and in
development cooperation. Evidence of this are the numerous international
campaigns, such as the campaign for the eradication of female genital
mutilation (FGM) and the campaign against early and forced marriages, which
have always seen Italy in the front line.

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Foreign
Ministry and its foreign network have expressed their support for the
#OrangetheWorld awareness campaign, promoted by UN Women, which in 2019 is
focused on the fight against rape, a form of widespread gender violence that is
particularly heinous. Indeed, one woman in three in the world has been a victim
of rape in her lifetime. The campaign will also be associated with the hashtag
#GenerationEquality which, recalling the twenty-fifth anniversary of the
Beijing Declaration on Women, invites everyone to take important new steps
towards gender equality: a goal that, to date, no country in the world can
claim has been achieved.

A closer look - Italy's commitment to eliminating gender-based violence

Italy is actively involved in promoting the rights of women, girls and little girls in the bilateral
relations with other States, in International Organizations and in development
cooperation programs, for the full implementation of the sustainable
development goal number 5 of the 2030 Agenda. Prevention and the fight against
all forms of violence against women is also among the priorities of Italy's
current mandate in the United Nations Human Rights Council (CDU) (2019-2021).

Recently, at the Nairobi Summit for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the International Conference on
Population and Development (ICPD), Italy announced new commitments in areas
that have always been high on its list of priorities, such as the fight against
seriously harmful practices, in particular female genital mutilation and early
and forced marriages, which involve violations of the integrity of the physical
and mental health of women and girls, reduction of maternal mortality and the
emancipation of young women in sexual and reproductive health matters. The
2017-2020 national strategic plan on male violence against women, which
implements the Istanbul Convention on violence against women and domestic
violence, also envisages important commitments to protect women and girls.

Italy also supports international initiatives for the prevention and combating of sexual and
gender-based violence in conflict and emergency situations (including the Call
to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies), and in
development cooperation and humanitarian aid (for example, this year's OECD-DAC recommendation). Italy has
long been committed to promoting a zero-tolerance policy against sexual abuse
and sexual exploitation committed by military and civilian staff engaged in UN
peacekeeping missions.