Bonino says Italy's first black cabinet minister 'brave'
Foreign minister says Kyenge is 'changing' the country25 October, 13:52
During an interview with the BBC as part of a series on women, Bonino said Kyenge is "paying a high price" for her work, both as a role model and as a minister in the government of Premier Enrico Letta.
Bonino thanked Kyenge for her work.
Kyenge, who was born in Congo but was educated in Italy, has been the target of racial attacks from the anti-immigrant Northern League, members of groups opposed to immigration, as well as ordinary Italians.
Much of the outrage comes from her efforts to amend the country's immigration laws.
Kyenge has come under intense pressure since her appointment to cabinet in April, bearing the brunt of a relentless wave of anti-immigrant and racist sentiments.
In September, a former political activist opposed to immigration posted on the social network site Facebook the suggestion that "someone kill her".
In August, officials in Vicenza were upset by a message scrawled in large handwriting on a garage door that read: "Kyenge-orangutan" accompanied by symbols that looked like swastikas.
That message may have been a reference to a Senator from the Northern League who compared Kyenge to an orangutan.
And in July, a local councilor in Padua was found guilty of instigation to commit racist sex crimes against Kyenge.
Dolores Valandro, formerly of the Northern League, was handed a suspended sentence of 13 months in prison and was banned from public office for three years after she called for Kyenge to be raped in a June 13 Facebook post.
"(Why) doesn't anyone ever rape her in order (for her) to understand what the victim of this heinous crime feels like?" wrote Valandro under a photo of Kyenge.
Valandro has since been expelled from the Northern League.