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Int’l Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women. “An Italian struggle”, says Gentiloni

The struggle to eliminate violence against women is one of the international human rights defence actions most deeply felt by Italy” declared Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Paolo Gentiloni during the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

“Italy is in the forefront internationally to combat violence against women with campaigns against the violation of the human rights of female children and adolescents, against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and early and forced marriages”, Gentiloni continued.

Italy has promoted resolutions on the defence of women in international forums such as the UN General Assembly and Council on Human rights, and carries out support programmes in countries where FGM and forced marriages are still common practices.

Italy is among the first countries to have submitted its own national Plan of Action (2010-2013) implementing the UN Security Council’s resolution 1325 “Women Peace and Security”, and will submit a second national Plan of Action (2014-2016) at the Farnesina today, 25 November, during a round table discussion dedicated to violence against women.