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Italian women MPs win right to breastfeed in chamber (Picture: Senato Stamp)
Monday, November 21, 2022
Italian women MPs win right to breastfeed in chamber
Breastfeeding members of the chamber of deputies will be allowed to sit in the top row of the assembly, or in a reserved gallery. Rome: Italian women MPs will be allowed to breastfeed their children in the Chamber during debates, the committee...
Italian President Giovanni Leone and Vittoria Leone Walk with President Gerald R. Ford and First Lady Betty Ford through Quirinale Palace in Rome. Photo: The U.S. National Archives, Public Domain.
Tuesday, March 01, 2022
Italy’s gender equality conundrum
Italy’s new President, once again, is not a woman. But the problem is not just cultural. Two weeks ago, Sergio Mattarella was sworn in as the Italian President of the Republic. He accepted his second seven-year term after six days and seven...
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...
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...
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, 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...