Italy’s Female Politicians Speak Out Against Death Threats

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Italy’s Female Politicians Speak Out Against Death Threats

When Laura Boldrini, 52, was elected as speaker of Italy’s lower house last month, she knew the job would come with enormous challenges. But she didn’t expect it to come with death threats. Last week, the former United Nations high commisioner for refugees Italian spokesperson sat in front of Italy’s lower house of Parliament and read some of the hundreds of squalid emails she has received since taking office. Many threatened rape, sodomy, torture, and murder. All the warnings were sexual in nature. “You need to be lynched, bitch,” one hater wrote. “You live less than 30 kilometers from my house. I swear I am going to come and find you.”

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