125 femicides. 125 women killed at the hands of men in one year: 17 more than the previous year.

At what point on the government agenda of the various political camps do we find the safeguarding of women's rights, their freedom to live in self-determination? What is the commitment to give priority to female freedom also through the fight against male violence?

"A few weeks after the vote, we read the Interior Ministry's annual dossier with growing apprehension”Declares Antonella Veltri, President D.i.Re - Women on the Net against violence. "Violence against women is the great absentee of this hasty electoral campaign, at a time when - and the numbers of the Ministry of the Interior certify it - the intervention of political forces and institutions should be transversal and decisive to combat a deep-rooted phenomenon . We now have the certainty that threats of increased penalties are not sufficient to counter male violence: a real cultural revolution is needed, which finally eradicates it.".

In Italy, over 51% of the population is made up of women and violence against women is recognized internationally as a violation of human rights.

Whoever proposes to the government of the country has the duty to provide credible and feasible programs, which act to achieve the elimination of male violence against women, building a society with respectful relations of all and all, laying the foundations for a different relationship between women and men. 

Together with the more than 20 women who welcome and accompany each year on the path of freedom from violence, the anti-violence centers of the National Network D.i.Re concretely support the expectations of a life far from the violent, waiting for the state to recognize this work and give useful and organic answers, in every area. 

Of the many questions that are still unanswered, we ask the parties: how do they think of resolving a complex legislative situation, knowing that only 28% of women accepted by anti-violence centers are willing to face the path with justice, which sometimes involves victimization institutional? And, again, how long will we still have to wait for the training activity for the police forces, for the judiciary, for social workers, psychologists and doctors, for the teaching staff of schools of all levels and levels to become compulsory?

From the political forces that propose themselves for the government of our country, we demand answers on salient points for a concrete fight against male violence.

  1. How do they plan to deal systemically with the phenomenon of male violence against women?

We have known for some time that violence against women is a structural phenomenon, based on deep cultural roots. Without systemic and systematic intervention, it is impossible to bring about change strong enough to take root in society.

  1. What training interventions are foreseen, in the electoral programs, to strengthen knowledge of the phenomenon of violence and, finally, to eliminate the sexist and stereotyped approaches present among the operators who in various capacities deal with violence?

Starting with the convictions inflicted on the Italian state by various international bodies and with the involvement of anti-violence centers, it is essential to create a training system that is able to eliminate the problem of secondary victimization, helping to create a new cultural system, also involving educational institutions.

  1. What actions are planned to guarantee women the right to work and to a fair wage?

What are the programmatic strategies on women's work?

During the first year of the pandemic, over 70% of the jobs lost involved working women who - when they manage to work - still find themselves at a pay disadvantage compared to their male colleagues. This condition favors the permanence in relationships marked by violence, also due to insufficient economic capacity to face new living conditions. 

  1. What are the programs that will enable women to manage their resources without suffering further economic violence? 

Even today many women do not have current accounts, they risk being incentivized to leave the management of their assets to their companions and remain exposed, in the event of economic violence, to debt conditions with long-lasting consequences. The financial support for family burdens, provided for by law, in the event of separation or divorce is recognized equally for men and women without considering the different conditions of each spouse or parent. The already scarce maintenance allowances recognized by the courts, if not paid, are not advanced by the state, as is the case in other European countries. 

  1. What programs will they put in place to guarantee women sexual and reproductive rights?

In a state that does not guarantee the implementation of a law such as 194, what are the policies to remedy the spread of conscientious objection which in some regions reaches 100%? Which of the political forces in the field is committed to a correct and continuous relational and sexual education activity in schools?

  1. What programs have been designed to guarantee the anti-violence centers structural funding, which allows them to plan medium and long-term activities in favor of women who request their support? 

Without the guarantee of constant funding, the activities of the anti-violence centers will never be able to respond to all the requests for support from women. 

"The cultural change that the organizations of the national network D.i.Re have been practicing for over 30 years is the basis from which to assert the right of women to live a life free from violence.

The fight against male violence against women cannot be a neutral point in the political agenda of those who propose to govern the country: it is a central theme, which affects the lives of too many women. " declares Antonella Veltri, President D.i.Re - Women on the Net against violence "We will not accept silence and facade and instrumental propositions which, we know well, do not change things. Patriarchy is defeated if we share the interpretation of violence against women as a manifestation of power between men and women, which must be eradicated through training courses and structural changes. We are ready to speak on behalf of all the women we welcome every day " concludes Veltri.