Target: Laura Boldrini, Italy’s Speaker of the House
Goal: Commend Italy for working to improve women’s rights
Italy’s House of Representatives recently adopted the The Istanbul Convention, a convention made by the Council of Europe in order to discuss ways violence against women can be curbed. Commend Italy for working on reinforcing measures taken to protect women, especially following the recent series of murders and attacks on Italian women by their partners.
Fabiana Luzzi, the 41st victim of femicide in Italy, was only 15 years old when her boyfriend stabbed her 20 times and then lit her still fully conscious form on fire. In 2012, 127 females were also murdered by either their husbands, their boyfriends, or their sons. Some survivors of femicide are scarred by acid burns, but all of them bear emotional and psychological scars.
Luzzi’s funeral happened while the voting took place in Parliament. It may be partially due to her shocking and violent death that the Istanbul convention was passed in the House with a unanimous vote of 545.
One in three women in Italy say they have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes, but many women see that as an acceptable part of their society. Women who experience abuse often can’t expect to find support from their friends or their families should they choose to leave their partner. Thus, the male in the relationship has a lot more power than the female.
The convention still needs to be ratified in the Senate. If you sign this petition, please know that you are not only commending Italy on the work it has done so far, but also urging the Senate to pass the convention.
Dear Laura Boldrini,
I would like to thank you for all the work you’ve put into making Italy a safer place for its female population.
You care about Italy’s female population that much is certain. Nowhere is that made more apparent than from your actions and in the actions of your peers. Thank you for holding a moment of silence for Fabiana Luzzi before the session started.
While Italy still has a lot of work to do even if the convention is passed, it’s definitely starting take steps in the right direction. Steps need to be taken in order to change the way women are perceived in Italian society, but I am confident that you are doing everything you can to make such steps a reality.
Once again, thank you and your peers for all of your efforts. May this convention pass through the Senate as well.
[Your Name Here]
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