Italy: Millions demand respect and dignity for women

Contributed By: Lisa Thompson

Silvio Berlusconi faces nation's women as a million protesters take to streets

Italians are the first country worldwide to stand in defense of the human rights of women. While the rest of the world takes weeks to amass a nearly a million (mostly men) to their squares to demand political freedom, Italy amasses a million on Day one – most of them Women demanding RESPECT for women!

The aim of the rally was for women to protest at how their dignity and the image of the country had been offended by the media tycoon’s obsession with young girls.

Mr Berlusconi was said to have watched the rally on TV but made no public comment.

Mariastella Gelmini, the education minister, said: “It’s just a small protest from trendy radical chics,” while another minister Daniele Santanche said: “It’s a shame there is so much hatred towards one man.”

Dear Friends:

Here is an update on the scandal involving Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. You may recall that he is accused of buying sex from a minor.

The reporting indicates that there were widespread protests in as many as 230 Italian cities, as well as locations in Japan and France! The Telegraph reports that, “Demonstrators, including prostitutes and nuns, carried banners saying: ‘Berlusconi resign now’ while another said ‘No prostitutes, no Madonnas, just women.’”

This is a stirring uprising. May this be the beginning of new era of respect and dignity for women in Italy!


Italians Protest Over Berlusconi Scandals

Published: February 13, 2011

ROME — With signs reading “Enough!” and “We want a country that respects women,” thousands took to the streets across Italy on Sunday in coordinated demonstrations against Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, but their outpouring of frustration did not look poised to bring about political change.

The demonstrations — called “If not now, when?” after a Primo Levi book about the Holocaust — captured the frustration of Italians angered at the role of women in Mr. Berlusconi’s Italy, as well as a deep pessimism about the future and what they see as a growing divide between the country’s ills and the government’s concerns.