Italia dei Valori, together with the association Arpa, recently published its report on the activities in favour of women’s rights in the framework of the United Nations’ CEDAW platform (Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women).
Since 2011, Italia dei Valori has been promoting the research “The Clause of the Most Favoured European Women” by organizing several conferences throughout Italy in 2011 and 2012.
This year in January and February IDV meetings took place in Florence and Bologna, together with NGOs such as Pangea Onlus and associations like Giuristi Democratici, which arranged visits in January with the rapporteur Rachida Manjoo, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its causes and consequences.
During these meetings it became clear that work had to be done to tackle the lack of scientific data and statistics caused by a lack of documentation, particularly exploring the link between femicide and assisted violence, which is due largely to this phenomenon being underestimated, including by the authorities.
In the quest for more data, scholars in Tuscany, Lombardy and Lazio were contacted and the material provided was presented to the Italian Lawyers Association.
Contact is currently being made with IDV’s representative in Germany, and with CEED Europa to organize a public meeting on the application of the CEDAW.
Objectives for September-December 2012:
• Promote the discussion and awareness of the CEDAW
• Focus attention on 4 topics: violence against women; stereotypes; work and welfare; political representation
• Organize meetings in Florence, Milan, Rome, and Munich about the CEDAW and the UN’s recent recommendations to the Italian Government.