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Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Blue dress and new-look women upstage Italy's macho politicians
Since the unification of Italy in the late 19th Century, the country has had 58 prime ministers - every one a man. No woman has come close to leading this country. Female politicians in Italy have often been used either as decoration or as tokens of...
Friday, August 16, 2019
Voices: Three questions for Marta Grande, young MP, Italy
Voices is part of a new IPU web series in which we interview parliamentarians from around the world. The views and opinions they express are their own and do not necessarily reflect the IPU’s position. Marta Grande, young MP from Italy, is a member...
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Five women said to be in running to become Italy's transitional PM
Five women are among the names floated to lead a transitional government in Italy in what some speculate could be President Sergio Mattarella’s attempt to break with tradition while the country’s politics are mired in stalemate. Mattarella is...
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Italy's new parliament is younger, more diverse and more female
Italy may not have a government yet, but it does have nearly 1,000 new legislators. Two weeks after Italians voted, Italy's 315 newly elected senators have been registering at the houses of parliament in Rome since Monday and the 630 new deputies...
Thursday, March 01, 2018
Women dominate Italy’s army of undecided voters
On the evening of Italy’s March 4 general election, Tiziana Stellato will be counting ballots in the hospital where she works. But like many disgruntled Italians, she may not even vote. What is especially distressing to Ms Stellato is the thought of...
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Italy's parliament speaker exasperated after cartoon
"Men, enough sexism, it's 2016," the president of Italy's lower house of parliament wrote on Twitter after a newspaper published a cartoon about a female MP's thighs and a headline described the women's Olympic archery team as "chubby". An...
Monday, June 20, 2016
Virginia Raggi becomes first female mayor of Rome
In Rome, 37-year-old lawyer Virginia Raggia promised a new era for the city as she celebrated her victory over centre-left Democratic Party candidate Roberto Giachetti with 67% of the votes. Virginia Raggi has been elected as Rome's first female...
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Make It Happen-International Women's day 2015
Why is it important for women to be active in Politics? Eleonora Palmero answers (Italy)
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Women MPs do a better job than men, Italian Prime Minister says
Laura Boldrini, Cecile Kyenge and Emma Bonino are among those doing “far better than men”, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said during an interview with television channel Russian 24 ahead of the G20 summit, which gets underway in St Petersburg...
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Black Italian minister Kyenge suffers banana insult
Italian politicians have reacted with anger after the country's first black minister had bananas thrown at her during a political rally. Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge, who has suffered racial abuse in the past, dismissed the act as "a waste of...
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Italy's inconvenient women: in praise of Laura Boldrini and Cecile Kyenge
The treatment of politicians Laura Boldrini and Cecile Kyenge highlights the persistent problem of the abuse of women in Italy's public sphere. This cannot be dismissed as just a debate about censorship. Italy’s gender question is a wound left...
Monday, May 06, 2013
Italian women rise to positions of power under new prime minister
Enrico Letta continues the political revolution that began under Mario Monti by naming seven women in his 22-member cabinet. Arguably the most important woman in the closing months of Silvio Berlusconi's 2008-11 government was Karima el-Mahroug,...
Sunday, May 05, 2013
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...
Friday, April 12, 2013
Italy’s Women Still Getting Shafted
When Italian president Giorgio Napolitano appointed 10 expert consultants to lead Italy out of its political gridlock late last month, it would appear he could not find one qualified woman to add to the list. The list comprises 10 men, including...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Violence against women in politics
Highlighting news, interviews, resources and events on violence against women in politics
Friday, August 31, 2012
World e-Parliament Conference
The World e-Parliament Conference is the biennial forum of the community of parliaments addressing, from both the policy and technical perspectives, how the use of information and communication technology can help improve representation,...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Italy: Italian Women Fight to Break Political Barriers
Despite boasting a higher rate of education, Italian womenhave long lagged their male counterparts in politics. Just over 17 percent of seats in the lower house of parliament and 14 percent in the upper house are held by women. To read the full...
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Italy: Gender and Organizational Change
  How can organizations become gender-responsive and transformative? More women does not automatically mean more equality. Analyse success stories and barriers and go deeper by looking at gender as part of an organizational change management...