THE INTERNATIONAL PROTESTING SYMBOL OF GLOBAL FEMICIDES
Indepth investigative journalist
Cryfreedom and radical feminist
11 Jan 2022
Me being an Italian I especially wanted to investigate the situation of
femicides in Italy and below are my findings although nothing much could
be found of the year 2021 as if there were no femicides in the past
year. But I'll keep digging 'till I expose predators i.e. femicides that
took place in 2021 and update periodically this page.
At the end of the page you can read my personal conclusion.
Below my findings i.e. report:
Accordng to the
2821 women were a victim of femicide between 2002 and 2019 meaning
156,72 a year. But... I HATE STATISTICS!!! As if a woman is a number.
Every victim was and is one too many and we should not be in need for
burocrats putting these kind of numbers together!!! Of course I make use
of it now but only to create awareness and to ask you to take action!
Join the many (feminist) action groups active in your city i.e. country.
25 nov 2021
Wanted in Rome
<<Femicide: Outrage in Italy as TV presenter asks if women at fault
This data was released by Italy's central anti-crime directorate on the
eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against
Women on 25 November.> >>
18 sep. 2021
By Gino d'Artali
I heard some rumour on the news so I called my 'feminist accomplice' in
Napels who confirmed the rumour and said that a television journalist
has sparked outrage in Italy after suggesting that a recent spate of
killings of women could have been provoked by the <exasperating>
victims. Her comments have sparked outrage on social media and have been
condemned strongly by politicians and women's rights groups. I'm sure
the outrage will one day find its ways to the street. Grazie mile
THE LOCAL it
15 Jan 2020
<<Milan artist shows beaten faces of famous women for street art
The bruised and battered faces of Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and
Angela Merkel stare out of posters in Milan created by Italian artist
AleXsandro Palombo to raise awareness of violence against women. The
street art campaign is called <Just Because I am a Woman>, and also
features US Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Myanmar
leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Sonia Gandhi, the head of India's main
READ ALSO: Violence against women: X-rays of broken bones show the scale
of Italy's problem
Palombo intends <to illustrate the drama that affects millions of women
throughout the world… with the aim of denouncing, raising awareness and
obtaining a real response from institutions and politics,> his press
office in a statement.
<Violence against women is a global problem that affects everyone
regardless of race, class or religion,> the posters say.
The women, with bruised faces or bearing strangulation marks, testify:
<I am a victim of domestic violence, I am paid less, I have undergone
genital mutilation, I don't have the right to dress as I want, I can't
choose who I'm going to marry. I've been raped>.
The contemporary pop artist and activist, 45, is renowned for colourful,
reflective and irreverent works and uses satirical art to raise
awareness of social and cultural issues.>>
Read more here:
THE LOCAL it
25 Nov 2019
<<Violence against women: X-rays of broken bones show the scale of
One Italian hospital's display of x-rays speaks louder than words.
Especially since the women whose shattered bones are shown in the
sterile black and white images rarely speak out.
On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women,
a hospital in Milan is displaying X-rays from victims of domestic
violence who have passed through the doors of the facility seeking help.
The display at San Carlo Borromeo hospital was the idea of trauma
surgeon Maria Grazia Vantadori, 59, who wanted to show the stark reality
of what she has seen in her 26 years of practice.
Although women arrive at the hospital bloodied, sometimes cut, burned,
or with acid thrown in their faces, Vantadori opted for the more sterile
images of X-rays, deeming them more powerful.
<I didn't want it to be gory, just to show something true, real and not
fake. This is telling the truth, it's not made up,> Vantadori told AFP.
<The good thing about X-rays is that we're all the same, substantially.
Our bones are all the same. So any of these could be any woman,> she
In Italy, 142 women were killed through domestic violence in 2018, up
0.7 percent from a year earlier, according to Italian research institute
Eures, a number that campaigners say is disturbingly consistent.
In the last five years, 538,000 women were the victims of physical or
sexual abuse by their partners, according to Italy's national statistics
agency Instat. Experts say those numbers are conservative because women
are reluctant to come forward, partly due to fears of leaving their
homes and children.
The show in the hospital's lobby features about a dozen images: X-rays
of a broken nose, a shattered wrist, crushed finger, shin or rib snapped
in two, interlaced with quotes from anonymous women.
One recounted how her partner smashed her face against the kitchen wall
and pummelled her with blows, 43 times.
<I counted the blows to try to distract myself from the pain, otherwise
I'd be dead,> the woman said.
In one of the most powerful images, a long butcher's knife is seen
encased within a ribcage.>>
Read more here:
THE LOCAL it
24 Nov 2019
<<Tens of thousands march in Rome to protest murder of women.
Tens of thousands marched in Rome on Saturday calling for an end to
violence against women, remembering the dozens killed this year by
current or former partners.
March organisers <Non Una de Meno!> (Not One Less!) say 94 women have
been killed by their partners or former partners this year.
The procession moved through the city's old quarter behind a large
banner that read: <Against your violence, we are in revolt!>
Banners from political parties and unions were absent at the request of
the organisers and many of those taking part wore pink, the colour of
choice for the demonstration.
<We are the fierce and powerful voice of all those women who no longer
have a voice,> said one banner.
A float that played music along the route also broadcast the names of
women killed by their partners or ex-partners this year.>>
On the same page there are 2 related links/articles about:
Code Red: Italian prosecutors flooded by reports of domestic violence
and sexual abuse
Code red: Italy passes new domestic violence law
Italy considers harsher sentences for attacks on women
Angela Giuffrida in Rome
24 Nov 2019
<<'Life should mean life': Italian activists call for tougher femicide
Swift judicial processes and more funding for shelters are badly needed,
Sara Di Pietrantonio was 22 when she was strangled and burned to death
by an ex-boyfriend who could not accept the relationship was over. Her
smouldering body was found at the side of a road on the outskirts of
Rome by her mother, Concetta Raccuia. The police officer leading the
case said Di Pietrantonio’s murder in June 2016 was the most heinous
crime he had ever seen. Four months later, Stefania Formicola, 28, was
shot dead in Naples by the husband she was trying to leave. Her two sons
are being cared for by their grandmother, Adriana Formicola.
As more than 10,000 people marched in Rome on Saturday to mark the UN’s
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Raccuia
and Formicola shared their stories with the Guardian. More than three
years have passed since their daughters were murdered but Italy is still
struggling to protect women from violent men. Official figures released
last week showed 142 women were murdered in 2018, up from 123 in 2017.
Of that number, 119 were killed by their husband, boyfriend or former
partner. In more than 30% of the cases, the perpetrators described
themselves as jealous and possessive.
Formicola said: <It’s a tragedy that never ends and a pain that is with
you every day.>
Sara was Raccuia’s only child. <It isn’t easy but I always tried to
teach Sara to overcome difficulties in life and to never live with
anger,> she said. <I’m now putting all my energy into transforming this
misfortune into something that might help others, by raising awareness
of psychological abuse – that is what destroyed Sara. We need to really
understand the dangers, as psychological abuse is often trivialised but
then it ends with death.>
So far this year, there have been 95 femicides. Domestic abuse, rapes
and stalking cases are also on the rise. On Saturday, a 51-year-old
married man confessed to murdering Ana Maria Lacramioara Di Piazza, 30,
in Palermo. He allegedly stabbed her to death after she revealed she was
pregnant. Another man was arrested last week for allegedly leading a
gang rape of his wife, from whom he had recently separated.
Rita Teodori, a representative for D.i.Re, the women against Violence
Network, said: <The data is alarmingly high and each year it seems to
get worse. The only solution is to come together and fight, as we’re not
being listened to.>
Activists are demanding more government funding for shelters for women
escaping domestic violence. Italy has failed to stick to a law outlined
by the Istanbul convention, an international agreement aimed at ending
violence against women. The law obliged the country to host a certain
number of shelters. In Rome, for example, there should be 300 beds
available for women fleeing violence; instead there are 23.
Miriam Tola, an activist with the feminist alliance, Non una di Meno,
said: <Quite often women are murdered as they try to leave violent men.
Therefore, shelters are essential for enabling them to create a path of
autonomy. But the funds for shelters and prevention are completely
The majority of the existing shelters are run by associations such as
D.i.Re and volunteers, and many of those are on the verge of closure.
Volunteers set up Casa Lucha y Siesta in a former train station in Rome
in 2008, providing 14 beds for women and children, along with services
to help them get their lives back on track. The volunteers are embroiled
in a battle with Atac, the public transport company that owns the
building and wants to sell it to help reduce its debt.>>
Read more here:
Note by Gino d'Artali: And remember: : My mother (1931-1997) always said
to me <Mi figlio, non esistono notizie <vecchie> perche puoi imparare
qualcosa da qualsiasi notizia.> Translated: <My son, there is no such
thing as so called 'old' news because you can learn something from any
Wanted in Rome
25 Nov 2020
Number of women killed in Italy so far in 2020 down slightly from same
10-month period last year but still one murder every three days.
91 women have been killed in Italy in the first 10 months of 2020,
compared to 99 during the same period last year, according to a report
by the EU research agency Eures. The study found that the number of
victims of femicide in Italy this year equates to a woman killed every
three days, reports Italian news agency ANSA.
The report was released yesterday, ahead of the United Nations-sponsored
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which
is held annually on November 25.
Italy protests as violence against women rises
The number of femicides that took place in a family setting from January
to October this year was 81, down from 85 in the same period last year.
The number of femicides within the context of a couple remains unchanged
at 56 (the same number as January-October 2019), while the number of
women murdered by neighbors rose from zero to four. The EURES report
found that from 2000 to 31 October 2020, 3,344 women were murdered in
Italy, accounting for 30 percent of the country's 11,133 murders over
the past two decades.
Women murdered by partners or ex-partners accounted for 66.2 percent of
housewife murders and 61.5 percent of all women murdered, ANSA reports,
and the killers are 94 percent male.
Italian police track down haters on social media
The Covid-19 lockdown in Italy acted as an <accelerator> of feminicides,
according to EURES, with domestic homicides accounting for 80.8 percent
of the total during the three-month lockdown earlier this year.
This factor was acknowledged yesterday by Italian Prime Minister
Giuseppe Conte, who said that <due to the restrictive measures> during
the coronavirus emergency, we have involuntarily caused deep distress,
causing the number of cases of femicide during the lockdown to <triple>.
Italy moves closer to making violence against LGBT people a hate crime
This phenomenon is not unique to Italy, with the United Nations citing
restricted movement, social isolation and economic insecurity caused by
Covid-19 as factors increasing women's vulnerability to domestic
violence around the world.
The UN has said that violence against women and girls is one of the most
widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our
world and that it remains largely unreported because of the impunity,
silence, stigma and shame surrounding it. >
Italy: Four arrested for alleged gang rape of two British teenage girls
The UN estimates that 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced
physical and/or sexual partner violence or sexual assault by a
non-partner at some point in their lives.
Women suffering from gender-based violence in Italy can seek support
from the volunteers of the multilingual women's helpline Telefona Rosa
Read more here:
Note by Gino d'Dartali: www-wantedinrome-com’s server DNS address all of
sudden could not be found. Maybe a server problem. An apology on their
The article which was online partly in English and Dutch. The Dutch part
has been translated by Gino d'Artali
THE LOCAL it
30 Aug 2019
<<Code Red: Italian prosecutors flooded by reports of domestic violence
and sexual abuse.
Italian prosecutors warned on Friday that a new law designed to
fast-track cases of domestic and sexual abuse was overwhelming the
system with record numbers of victim reports.
The law, which came into force on August 9th and has been dubbed Italy's
<Code Red>, requires prosecutors to gather information from alleged
victims and decide how to proceed within three days of receiving police
reports. Since then there has been a spike in reports: some 30-40
incidents daily have been flagged in Milan, an average of 30 a day in
Naples and 25 in Rome since the law took effect, the Repubblica daily
READ ALSO (Note by Gino d'Artali: link is embedded as part of the
article: Italy passes new domestic violence law
<It's not a case of a rise in crimes, but a rise in the number of
reports by people who — encouraged by the new law — are going to the
police,> said Genoa prosecutor Francesco Cozzi. Supporters say the new
legislation has positive elements: it makes <revenge porn> and
<deformation of looks> (causing permanent scarring) a crime and allows
judges to clap electronic bracelets on those slapped with restraining
orders. But in large cities on-duty prosecutors have found themselves
interviewing 20 complainants in an arc of 24 hours. Prosecutor sources
in Milan described being <inundated by a flood of reports of alleged
abuse, violence or persecution, day in and day out>, the Messaggero
daily said. >>
Read more here:
THE LOCAL it
20 June 2016
<<Why Italy must change after young woman’s brutal murder.
Sara Di Pietrantonio was just 21 years old. In what was described by a
Rome police chief as the worst crime he'd seen in his 25 years in the
role, the student suffered a torturous death at the hands of her
Driven by jealousy, Vincenzo Paduano followed her home after a night
out, ramming his car into the back of hers before dousing the vehicle
with a flammable liquid and setting it alight.
Di Pietrantonio was able to escape from the car, but he chased after
her. The student is said to have screamed for help from passing
motorists, but nobody stopped. The 27-year-old security guard then set
her alight. Her still-smouldering body was found a few hours later by
Paduano soon confessed to the crime, telling investigators that he
couldn't accept that she'd abandoned him.
He also reportedly admitted: <I am really a monster. I am obsessive,
Di Pietrantonio became the 55th <femicide> victim in Italy so far this
year – three more were murdered by either a spouse, boyfriend or ex
within a few weeks after.
Last year, 128 women were victims of femicide, the year before there
were 136. Thousands more have suffered domestic abuse or are stalked by
These figures come from Telefono Rosa, a women's rights organization
offering legal advice and counselling.
But they are just the tip of the iceberg: an estimated 90 percent of
these crimes go unreported.
In some ways, the situation has improved. Italy's government has taken
steps to address violence against women, introducing an ‘anti-femicide’
law and appointing a government advisor on the issue in 2013 – after
being shamed into action by a damning UN report, which called domestic
abuse <the most pervasive form of violence in Italy>.
But while legislation is an important step, changing the mentality and
culture that lie behind the attacks will take much longer. Most
femicides and rapes are carried out by partners or – most often –
ex-partners, according to figures from Istat released in 2015, which
also showed that while the overall number of incidents has declined
slightly, acts of violence are becoming more serious, with more women
fearing for their lives.
Divorced or separated women are most at risk, with over half suffering
violence (compared to 31.5 percent on average), and attacks often occur
after the victim has begun a new relationship, as was the case with Di
Disturbingly, a 2015 study by non-profit organization We World found
that one in four young Italians believed violence against women could be
justified by <love>, or exasperation at the woman or her clothing.
So how can the country get to the root of the problem and tackle the
perception of violence as a legitimate reaction to rejection?
Centres offering anger management courses and other treatment, aimed
directly at men who consider themselves violent, are growing in number
across the country.
The president of Ferrara’s Cam (Centre for violent men), Michele Poli,
says there is no common factor among the men the centre has worked with.
<Violence against women happens across-the-board,> he told The Local.
<It’s about a patriarchal culture which validates violence against women
and prevents effective action against it,> he said, adding that every
member of society must actively work towards change.>>
Read more here:
THE LOCAL it
20 feb 2014
<<Violence against women costs Italy billions.
Violence against women costs Italy €17 billion a year in social
services, prevention measures and other costs, an Italian charity said
Italy directly spends an estimated €2.3 billion on social services
related to violence against women, while more than €14 billion can be
attributed to other costs, according to Intervita development figures
quoted by ANSA.
In 2012 Italian authorities invested €6.3 million in prevention
measures, ANSA said. The same year 124 women were murdered, according to
the national statistics agency Istat. There were a number of
high-profile attacks against women and girls in 2013, such as a
schoolgirl who was allegedly burnt alive by her boyfriend and a series
of acid attacks against women.
The high rate of violence against women has been attributed by some
experts as a problem of Italian culture, with attacks on women accepted
as a societal norm.>>
Read more here:
Note by Gino d'Artali: There are 3 related articles/links on the same
Anger in Italy as men cleared of rape because victim was 'too masculine'
Italy's top court rules physical appearance 'irrelevant' in rape cases
Italy makes 'revenge porn' a crime
Last summer, however, the Italian government made moves to tackle the
issue, appointing a special advisor and introducing a bill which aimed
to give greater protection to women.
THE LOCAL it
14 Aug 2013
<<‘Violence against women is a cultural problem’.
A new law will tackle head-on the issue of violence against women,
according to the Italian government. But as the number of victims
continues to rise, is Italy really doing enough? The Local spoke to some
Italian campaigners to find out. Two days ago, Antonella Russo – a
mother of three – was shot dead by her estranged husband at her mother’s
home in Siracusa, Sicily. On the same day, a lawyer was arrested in
Verona, northern Italy, after the body of his ex-girlfriend was
discovered in the boot of his car. These attacks are just the latest in
a wave of so-called ‘femicide attacks’ in Italy, or the killing of women
by males. In June, Italy’s biggest trade union, the CGIL, recorded 81
victims in 2013 alone. And in 2012, the number of victims stood at 124,
according to Italy’s national statistics agency ISTAT. Last Thursday,
the Italian government passed a new anti-femicide law, which it
trumpeted as a <radical change> in the <relentless fight against the sad
phenomenon of femicide>.
Measures include the obligatory arrest of those caught in the act of
stalking, or physically abusing victims, and obligatory police
investigations once complaints have been lodged. Women will now be kept
informed about any legal processes involving their attackers, and
violent partners will be evicted from family homes.
'Prevention and education'
But for Luca Cardin, editor of Zero Violenza Donne, a website that aims
to raise awareness about gender violence, the new law is nowhere near
radical enough. While he acknowledges it helps protect victims of
violent crimes, he claims that it is also ‘repressive’ and simply
doesn’t go far enough. For Cardin, the fact that the government decided
to issue the decree in August is extremely telling.
<In August, people are on holiday and not paying much attention to the
news, so there is less debate. Even my editorial team are on holiday, so
there is less chance to react,> he told The Local.
<The law is positive in terms of the protection it offers to victims,
but it doesn’t mention anything about the culture of violence against
women, or about education in schools. <Not enough is being done in terms
of prevention. In the new law, there is no mention of the financing of
new centres, which are vital in terms of prevention and education.
Children also need to be taught more about gender equality and sexuality
in school. Other countries do this a lot more,> he added, pointing out
that, in 2012, the World Economic Forum ranked Italy 80th in its gender
Above all, he said, there are still widespread myths about gender
violence that need to be dispelled.
<In most cases, it’s a boyfriend, a husband or someone who lives under
the same roof as the woman. Only in a minority [of cases] are the
attackers unknown,> he said. <While cases reported in the press tend to
concentrate on foreign attackers, they are in fact predominantly
As well as sex education classes, Cardin and his colleagues would also
like to see more investment in <centri di antiviolenza> (anti-violence
centres), where women who are victims of violence can seek help and take
shelter. <These [centres] are important because as well as offering
support to women who have suffered from violence, they can also help
them to identify warning signs that can lead to dangerous situations and
to offer them psychological support in their daily lives. <Physical
violence is just one aspect – although it may be the most appalling – of
abuse, which can also be financial or psychological.> The creation of
anti-violence centres, as well as a new programme for anti-violence
education in schools, would be more in line with what Josefa Idem, the
former Minister for Equal Opportunities and Laura Boldrini, President of
the Chamber of Deputies had in mind, he claims.>>
Read more here:
Personal conclusion by Gino d'Artali so far:
perpetrators are around every corner of the globe incl. every corner of
And that's excactly the reason why I will continue to hunt down and
expose their horendous crimes
because one woman killed, wherever in the world, is one woman too much!