The Forum of Women Parliamentarians was held as part of the 137th IPU Assembly. The EWC journalists, who were there, managed to interview Pia Locatelli, Member of the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament, Chair of the Italian delegation at the IPU Assembly. In her interview, the speaker shares how hardworking and committed Italian women are. 

“We are trying to increase the number of women in government. For example, at the latest session, it increased from 20% to 31%. It is great but not enough, because women constitute half of the population in Italy. In my opinion, it is necessary to use 100% of women’s experience, culture, and talents”, she said. 

In her opinion, gender equality means that every man or woman has fair chances and equal opportunities to realize his or her potential. However, it is necessary to work twice as hard to achieve the same level of women’s recognition as men’s one. 

Pia Locatelli shares that the Italian government is paying more attention to cases of violence against women. The latest measure taken in this regard was ratification of the Istanbul Convention. The document is aimed at protecting women from violence alongside with violence prevention. 

“Prevention of crimes is much more important than punishment. We must build the culture based on mutual respect between men and women. This trend must be brought up in the very childhood. If we teach our children to respect all people, violence will eventually disappear”, she said. 

The speaker notes that Italians should also work on themselves and, first of all, start respecting themselves more. According to Pia Locatelli, Italia has a number of talented women who don’t even know about their potential. They just don’t use their talents and keep being busy with work and household chores. If we consider how much Italian women do every day, it will turn out they almost do not rest. Pia Locatelli finds it not fair to women. 

“As I think, we must be more demanding of men. Italian women are too indulgent with men”, she finished. 

Nikolay Gavrilov, Viktoria Yezhova, Agata Korovina, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community

Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov