Women in my community. The challenge ahead
Achieving certain targets does not necessarily imply true and complete success.
In my community the women condition is all influenced by the false actuality of achieved gender equality.
Theoretically, Italian women are given the same opportunities as men: they have a right to vote, have access to all jobs, they are not requested to acquiesce in religious dictates and are free to express themselves. Apparently, there would be nothing to complain about so what is it, in my community, that does not work? What are the barriers to achieving a change?
The question is deeply linked to politics and has several aspects.
Women in my country do not have a relevant voice in the decision making process and most of those who occupy leading positions were literally put there by governors in return for sexual favours. Not only these women do not own enough competence and skill as their office would require, but they provoke disgust in the female population which has no representatives in Parliament.
They fuel incorrect stereotypes which will, lately, lead men to under estimate all women.
It goes without saying that the hardest barrier to be got over, beside our political system is mentality: the need is, once again, to change the mentality of men, but an effort from the side of all women is required. Women who sell their bodies for a seat annihilate our work and are not welcome.
We must claim for worthy women to represent our rights in Parliament, so that things can be changed from the top. Such change might ease the condition of all ordinary women who are not given support of any kind. They struggle everyday to combine family and working duties, or they have to make a choice between having a family or a career.
Most of all, violence against them still needs to be fought through effective laws which safeguard women for real. Rape, homicide, stalking, domestic violence are left unpunished in many cases.
At present, this is the situation in Italy, and my personal project is to create an on-line community based platform to help women interact. They might share their experience, provide concrete mutual support and help to each other. This platform will embrace different issues women may have to face: from motherhood to abuses.
Through Pulse Wire I ask for suggestions about how to develop my project, and I learn from successful ones. I use social networks to share information, make researches and raise my voice. Hopefully my initiative will inspire other women from my community to do the same.