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Italian Women Protest Femicide

Domestic violence isn’t an issue that primarily affects developing nations. An article in NPR shows that even in Europe, women face high levels of abuse and even murder from their significant others.


Since the beginning of the year, 105 women have been murdered by their significant others. The victims aren’t just women from poor families – Italian law enforcement officials say the abuse crosses socioeconomic lines.

According to the UN, violence against women “is the most pervasive form of violence” in the country of Italy. Imagine that. Abuse of women is more common than any other kind of violence. Let that sink in. In fact, about 90 percent of the women never report the abuse. It makes you wonder how many more women are probably killed – it might be well over 105, since those are only the cases they have been able to verify.

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A filmmaker interviewed for the article believes that the high levels of abuse and murder are caused by the increased numbers of women demanding independence. Apparently, men cannot cope with the idea of having an equal relationship with a woman.

I have to wonder – what is it about women being free that drives these men to kill?


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