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Why and how women in Europe continue to be oppressed

Since 2011 my university has provided a concrete contribution to the European and international debate on governance through a two-day event with qualified and plural participation. Every year now, at the beginning of May, the State of the Union gathers political leaders, members from civil society, and personalities from the business world to join selected professors and discuss the current state of affairs of the European Union.

I was there in 2014, when I listened to a truly remarkable speech on the vision of Europe by Matteo Renzi, and then I was there again in 2015, when Renzi delivered a more demagogic and way less impressive speech on the topic. Other than politicians, however, the State of the Union is worth following for the ideas put forward by academic and researchers.

Unfortunately I could not be there this year – dling! I am in Switzerland – but I have followed some of the sessions online and I wanted to share with you the Keynote address by Professor Ruth Rubio Marin on the topic Women in Europe and the World.


It is a short read that contains a rich list of data and practical advices. If you can, it is worth giving this speech fifteen minutes of your time.

It’s 2013, And They’re Burning ‘Witches’

Two pictures from freelancers Jo Chandler and Vlad Sokhin’s reportage on Papua New Guinea, where belief in black magic persists and women are blamed, accused of sorcery and branded as witches.

First is a photo of Angela, naked, gashed and burned, surrounded by the torpid crowd. Second is a photo of the gang “Dirty Dons 585”, who admit to rapes and armed robberies in the Port Moresby area.


See and read the full reportage here.

Il potere é uomo

Sull’ultimo Questo Trentino in edicola una cover story scritta da me con Stefania sui numeri delle donne in posizioni apicali nella società trentina.

Tua mamma, semmai

Plasmon e Barilla litigano a colpi di pubblicità, cercando di conquistare il pubblico delle “mamme italiane” . In questo bailamme, quello che resta é l’idea di una società patriarcale dove il ruolo della donna é ancora relegato a quello di colei che si prende cura dei bambini, fa la spesa e cucina per il resto della famiglia.

Ci ho pensato sopra un poco e poi mi sono tornate in mente le statistiche di un articolo dell’Economist di una settimana fa sulle disparità nel mercato del lavoro tra uomini e donne. L’Italia é penultima, avanti solo all’India tra i paesi industrializzati.