No excuse for gender-based violence, says Donatella Porzi

Ahead of the European Committee of the Regions plenary session where her report will be debated, Donatella Porzi continues to fight for women’s rights

Recently in Italy, the murder of Giulia Cecchettin, a 22-year-old student, shows us that violence against women is an ongoing phenomenon in our societies, one which we must end as fast as possible.

Donatella Porzi, councillor in Umbria, actively fights for women’s rights through the regional commission of inquiry on feminicide and any form of gender violence, established in Umbria at her own proposal. As rapporteur on the European Committee of the Regions report on stopping Gender-based Violence, which will be debated and voted on this week, she sets out a list of actions for cities and regions to lead the fight and proactively prevent gender-based violence from happening in the first place.

“As a woman, as a mother of two young men and as a teacher, I hope that one day we will live in a world without a Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women (this year on Saturday 25 November). I hope that one day gender-based violence will just be a relic of the past”

The European Committee of the Regions plenary will take place on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 November, and can be streamed here.

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