(ANSA) - Rome, March 8 - Eliminating violence against women
is "necessary and possible", said Labour Minister Elsa Fornero
on Friday as part of an event for International Women's Day.
The minister, who is also tasked with equal opportunities
issues, said that "we are here today also to give voice to the
124 women killed in Italy in 2012" at the hands of partners or
She noted that greater participation by women in democratic
institutions and collective decision-making is as important as
greater participation by women in the labour market, an area in
which Italy invariably ranks among the lowest rungs in Europe.
The minister said that these issues are "by nature bound up
with the protection of their rights and measures to contrast the
violence systematically perpetrated against them", as well as
through meritocracy, "the lack of which condemns highly-skilled
women to the margins of economic and social life".
Not less important, in her eyes, is "the organisation of
society along lines making family and professional life
compatible, instead of putting them at odds with one another".
Working to achieve these ends, she said, requires
"determination, commitment and passion. In my work in the
government, I never considered equal opportunities as a lesser
task among those I was entrusted with. I have tried, albeit amid
difficulties and a tight budget, to strengthen the role of women
and the culture of respect at its basis".