International Woman’s Day: nothing to celebrate

In these days all the Italian media are reporting about ‘crimes of passion’ in my country. In 2011, 97 (ninetyseven!) women were killed by their husbands, boyfriends, partners. How can we define a crime as a passion? Isn’t it a sort of cultural justification of power of possession?

Together with these crimes, sexual abuses are still alive and most of them are committed at home.

I was really impressed reading about an important a photography project by Grace Brown. This project is called Project Unbreakable. Grace uses photography to help heal sexual abuse survivors by photographing them with posters that hold quotes from their attackers.

Project Unbreakable

Project Unbreakable by Grace Brown

At the same time, in another part of the world … we are in Africa, but the “topic” is always the same: crimes and violence against women.

In order to create awareness, 70 climber from 30 different African countries are climbing Kilimanjaro. This initiative is part of an important campaign called Africa Unite (http://www.africaunitecampaign.org/), which aim is to enforce national laws to punish all forms of violence against women.

So … let’s start again with new ideas on International woman’s day, considering it not as a celebration, but an important opportunity to increase awareness, spread the voice, fight all forms of violence against women, all over the world.

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