Rome opposes violence against women

Rome supports International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

A total of 152 women were murdered in Italy in 2014, with 94 per cent of the deaths attributed to men, according to a report into femicide released on 24 November. Of the 152 murdered women, 117 were killed within a family context.

However the findings by European research institute EURES reveal that the overall number of femicides in 2014 was down just over 15 per cent compared to 2013.

Marking the UN-backed International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, volunteers from the multi-lingual women's helpline Telefona Rosa are organising an event at the Auditorium della Conciliazione from 09.30-13.00, featuring experts speaking on the theme “women uniting diverse worlds and cultures”.

The Teatro Sistina stages X=Y, a play opposing violence against women, aimed at a young audience, on 25 and 26 November at 10.30 on both days.

A "tango session with red shoes" takes place at Porta S. Paolo from 19.00-21.30 on 25 November. Organisers say the initiative, performed and overseen by Argentinian dancers, will use tango as a "beautiful metaphor for the harmony that is possible between men and women."

The Casa Internazionale delle Donne on Via della Lungara 19, in Trastevere, is holding a talk entitled Le donne di fronte al terrorismo on 25 November at 17.30. All events in Italian.

Proceeds from the sale of prints at the Chiostro del Bramante between now and 29 November will go towards Donne in Rete contro la violenza (D.iRe), the national association of independent women’s centres and shelters against violence.

Each pair of red shoes in the photo symbolises a murdered woman.