The Power of Culture against Violence on Women

Published on Tuesday, 29 November 2016

An open debate at Enel’s Flagship Store in Milan for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Chairman Grieco: “A cultural fight is the only possible type of prevention”.

Enel has always been at the forefront in preventing violence against women. This year, on November 25, the day in which the UN celebrates the International Day devoted to this important issue, Enel once again demonstrated its commitment, by promoting a debate at its Flagship Store, in via Broletto in Milan.

The event, “Violence against women is the worst form of ignorance”, was moderated by journalist and writer Lina Sotis, and attended by Enel Chairman Patrizia Grieco, who highlighted the need to shed light on obscure aspects of violence on women.

“We must all commit – said Chairman Grieco – to promote a culture of respect. Women cannot continue to be victims of violence and for their children to be deprived of the opportunity of coming into this world, growing up, and becoming adults that are capable of loving. If the first crucial step consists in putting an end to domestic violence, the second consists in assisting all the victims of such violence, and even more their children. At Enel, we are aware of the importance of these issues and we believe that events such as this can help to launch an important message on issues that require our full attention”.

The meeting in Milan put a spotlight on some little-known issues: from assistance to women that are subject to violence to the new regulations introduced to protect mothers and children.

Several guests that for years have been active in the fight against violence to women took the stage at Enel’s Flagship Store to participate in the discussion: the evening was introduced by actress Lucia Vasini who read some passages of the book “Ferite a morte” (Hurt to Death), by Maura Misiti and Serena Dandini.

The debate then featured a video message by the head of domestic violence relief at the Mangiagalli clinic in Milan, Alessandra Kustermann, who observed that in Milan alone, each year violence strikes 1,100 women aged 26 to 45 years (a third of whom have children), without sparing women over 65, who are also beginning to ask for help.

The debate also involved Lorenzo Puglisi, founder of SOS Stalking (and creator of an app to contact anti-violence centres and the closest law enforcement services), and by Giulia Bongiorno, lawyer and founder of Doppia Difesa, who closed the debate with a video.

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