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Violence against women is the topic of the event scheduled tomorrow by the Ministries of Equal Opportunities and Foreign Affairs on wartime rape in Ukraine

How can we protect the victims of violence? How can we make sure that wartime rape victims obtain justice? These are the questions that will be addressed at the event titled “Wartime Rape in Ukraine and International Justice” promoted by the Ministries of Equal Opportunity and of Foreign Affairs to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, scheduled for tomorrow, 24 November, at 10:00 AM at the Parlamentino in Palazzo Brasini, on via Quattro Novembre 144 in Rome. The event will open with remarks by Eugenia Roccella, Minister of Family, Natality and Equal Opportunities, Maria Tripodi, Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Paolo Lazzara, Vice President of INAIL, and Kateryna Levchenko, Ukrainian Government Commissioner for gender equality policies. Journalist Giancarlo Loquenzi will moderate the following contributions by Matilda Bogner, Head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, Paolina Massidda, Principal Counsel at the Independent Office of the Public Counsel for Victims, International Criminal Court, Ghita El Khyari, Head of the Secretariat, Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund, Laura Guercio, professor of sociology of human rights at the University of Perugia and Italian expert on the OSCE Moscow Mechanism mission, Irene Fellin, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace, and Security, Valeria Emmi, Advocacy and Networking Senior Specialist at CESVI – Cooperation, emergency and development. The programme reads as follows: “The debate will attempt to identify the tools capable of improving the response of communities and international organizations to wartime rape, analysing the reasons underlying the fear to report the rape evidenced by many survivors and the factors that too often enable sexual violence perpetrators to remain unpunished. Not only are wartime rape victims not assured satisfaction for their claim of justice and moral compensation, but they are too often even blamed for the violence to the point of being expelled from their own communities. With Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, the age-old question of impunity risks re-emerging. This is why we intend to plot a roadmap to protect victims against the consequences of the violence suffered and assure them the certainty of justice, also by supporting the action of Ukrainian civil society organizations. Italy contributes to international efforts in this direction and, as already done in the past, will continue to work to make sure that the offenders and perpetrators of this heinous crime are brought to justice and tried”.

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