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November 25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Today 25 November, as every year, we celebrate the World Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Unfortunately, there is still a long way to go.

The data speak for themselves. There are still too many women who suffer violence of all kinds, physical and psychological, in every country in the world. Violence is a ‘culture’, in the sense that it is learned. One is educated to be against or for violence.

This means that the fundamental role in this education is played by the family in which one grows up. Often the men who inflict violence on their partners grew up in contexts where this was part of everyday life.

Violence is unacceptable towards any human being or animal, but today the whole world is focused on women. Women who too often do not have the courage to denounce, to escape from a hellish situation of submission and abuse.

Not to mention the genital mutilation, the exploitation of prostitution and forced marriages that still happen in too many countries. All this is not worthy for a society that claims to be, and is, modern.

What I can say to you who read me is, if you are mothers, raise your sons in respect towards the female gender, showing them that if a man hurts you you denounce him, leave him and make yourself respected.

If you are men, I would just like to remind you that you are the children of a woman, that she gave you life, raised you and looked after you.

Violence is a matter of culture. It can be ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Now it is up to you to decide which side of this culture you are on.

Recommended track: “Quello che le donne non dicono” Fiorella Mannoia