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Women’s Day: Women’s rights organisations fear eviction against Rome

Though this year’s nationwide presentation scheduled for March 8 has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak, the motion said that it will organize a flashmob to commemorate women daily.

Two women’s rights organizations battling for survival
The International House of Women), in the historic center of Rome, is not able to pay its lease, which can be comparatively high for a nonprofit organization, activists say.

Meanwhile, the protector’Lucha y Siesta,”’ in the suburbs of Rome, is going to be auctioned off.

In a town of nearly three million individuals, a shelter for girls is tough to find.

Of those 25 available bedrooms, 14 are at the House of Lucha y Siesta. Today, not many of these stay. Others are moved to family houses in town with unfamiliar addresses.

“Every day we open the gates of the home at a permanent garrison, to stop it from being evacuated,” Marita states.

The municipality of Rome possesses the building and decided to market it off to help cover the town’s debt, Marita and her fellow activists.

Girls had decided to occupy the deserted construction in 2008 to make an area for girls that are victims of violence. The building also acts as a cultural center.

In over ten decades of its presence, the home has offered refuge for 140 girls and helped over 1,200 overall. Though the home was inhabited, its action has ever been recognized by the municipality.

“Many times authorities or social workers called us to sponsor girls victims of violence that did not understand where to go,” Lucha y Siesta’s activist Marita advised Euronews.

“But now that the municipality should generate income, our job is no more recognized. Virginia Raggi does not know that combating domestic violence means supplying more than only a mattress. In ten decades, we’ve assembled a family, suspended in the land, using a long-term job of societal reintegration,” Marita clarifies. “In several other shelter houses, you may just remain for six months, then what? Social integration isn’t possible such as this”.

The municipality promised that girls taken from Lucha y Siesta will probably be set up in additional family houses. Their lives aren’t at risk. However, given the absence of anti-violence centers in Rome, the home shouldn’t be shut down to cover the debt, activists say.

Councilor for equal chances Veronica Mammi told German news website Lanotizia in a meeting in February: “The security of women and children remains the priority. They’ve been transferred from the municipality to additional homes and they’ll be cared for by social workers of Lucha y Siesta”.

The Lazio Region has suggested to purchase the home from the market and provide it back to the activists- a remedy the municipality of Raggi (Five-star celebration ), didn’t encourage.

The municipality maintained the results of the market is unclear, while girls moved from the home has to be ensured that a secure future.

Gemma Guerrini, Councillor of this 5stars celebration in Rome advised Euronews: “We attempted without success to get many meetings with representatives of those 2 organizations. The municipality’s commitment to the struggle against domestic violence can’t be represented with one location. Lucha y Siesta is only one of several realities, although the government is engaged in social policies on all fronts”

“We’re working to make sure that in each municipality there’s an open crisis shelter for girls in need and also to ensure support solutions, like listening centers in municipal pharmacies,” Guerrini explained.

“The municipality did not discontinue Lucha y Siesta: it’s an abusive situation tolerated previously by other administrations. The municipality just did what was needed,” Guerrini commented.

Lucha y Siesta isn’t an isolated instance: another historical archaeological institution in Rome is at risk of shutting down: “La Casa Internazionale Delle Donne” at Trastevere.

“In 1600, the home turned into a prison for girls. Instead, nowadays, it’s a spot by women for women,” president of this organization, Maura Cossutta, informed Euronews.

The city council possesses the building and asks that the organization get a monthly lease of $7,000 – only too much to manage to the NGO.

“Recently we’ve paid $2,500 per month, and today we’ve gathered a debt the town of Rome doesn’t take,” Cossutta clarifies. “We risk eviction daily but contemplating all free of cost services we provide to girls, the municipality should instead be chained to us,” she states.

Ten women’s rights institutions are located from the Casa Internazionale Delle Donne (transl.

“The women helped by Be Complimentary frequently come to Nigeria. They are normally first daughters and because of this, the family chose to ship them to Europe,” Gargano clarifies. “They spanned Libya in which they had been forced to work as prostitutes at a brothel. They then embarked on a boat to Italy,” she explained.

Once recruited the women have to prostitute themselves for five euros every day, to settle the excursion from Africa. It’s not possible to get it done,” Gargano describes.

By the conclusion of the Eighties, a Hindu movement inhabited the International House of Women and soon later, the municipality recognized that the institution. On the other hand, the council was the owner of this construction. When Raggi was chosen, the municipality chose the debt was no longer renewable.

The decision caused tremendous uproar and the problem is now an issue of national interest. In parliament, an alliance of parties suggested to offset the debt of the home, however, the proposal.

Female direction fails to measure up

Giorgia Meloni is the sole female pioneer in Italian politics. But her celebration Fratelli d’Italia also refused the suggestion. Ahead of the amendment was reversed, Raggi tweeted:” Casa Internazionale Delle Donne is secure”, however, the institution responded on its web page: “Virginia hasn’t responded to our requests for a meeting in the previous 144 times”.

Euronews contacted the Equal Opportunities Counsellor to remark on the problem of both Houses however, the municipality didn’t respond.

“It’s paradoxical that although Virginia Raggi is a girl she doesn’t care about the needs of girls,” Sara Lilli, a civil councilor belonging to PD, remarks. “Aside from being a lady, the mayor isn’t a fantastic mayor. Raggi acts like an administrator rather than a politician: she hides behind bureaucratic problems like the purchase price of lease”.

“We will need to design a version, where services offered by institutions are calculated as part of their lease. Nevertheless, this requires a political perspective, and Raggi doesn’t possess it” Lilli said.