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25 November: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Italy rejects any form of discrimination and violence against women and girls, and reiterates its commitment against this unacceptable phenomenon, which is also a serious impediment to attaining gender equality and effective enjoyment of women’s rights.

Since this is a priority action in Italy foreign policy, the Foreign Ministry pursues the goal of eliminating all violence against women, both on a diplomatic level and by using the instruments of development cooperation. The numerous international campaigns in which Italy is in the front line – such as those to eradicate harmful practices against women and girls, including mutilation of feminine genitals and early and forced marriages – bear witness to this fact.

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2020, the Foreign Ministry and its network abroad, are adding their voice to the sensitising campaign: “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!” promoted by UN Women, and this year particularly dedicated to the increase in episodes of domestic violence due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown measures adopted by Countries, to slow down infection.


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