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8th March - Self-determination of our freedom

category italy / switzerland | gender | press release author Montag März 06, 2006 19:52author by Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici - FdCAauthor email internazionale at fdca dot it Report this post to the editors

FdCA Gender Commission statement

We are witnessing the preparations for a clear and determined attack on the freedom and self-determination of the women who live in this country, an attack which is aimed at several fronts but which has the sole objective of reducing the public voice and presence of women.


International Women's Day & Italy

8th March - Self-determination of our freedom

We are witnessing the preparations for a clear and determined attack on the freedom and self-determination of the women who live in this country, an attack which is aimed at several fronts but which has the sole objective of reducing the public voice and presence of women.

One of the prime areas where women's freedom is worse threatened is in regard to sexuality, with the ongoing demonization of free and responsible sexuality with regard to contraceptives and to the use of Law 194 of 1978 concerning voluntary abortions.

Always foremost in the minds of the Right and the Catholic church, this attack on women's freedom to responsibly and autonomously manage their relationships and their sexuality is now at the centre of a mad rush to gain control of public funds in order to ensure that the private clinics, financed by our money, are run according to the demands of the church and a certain political ideology, yet another attack on the public healthcare system. The latest affront is represented by the attempt to introduce into public clinics volunteers from Catholic structures whose task would be to provide information contrary to women's freedom to choose when and how and, above all, if they want to get pregnant or not. Should this happen, it would be a gross violation of any form of respect for the protection of the freedom to choose and of the privacy of those women who decide to make use of a public clinic in order to obtain information regarding contraception or regarding the possibility of voluntarily having an abortion.

But the worst attack in terms of sexuality is still the one which was introduced thanks to Law 40/2004, the law on Medically Assisted Procreation (IVF treatments). This law places women in a second-class category as they can no longer freely have access to the available forms of IVF treatment, and therefore cannot freely decide if, how and when to have a baby and become mothers. With this law, women's health is entrusted to medical decisions, with the loss of any form of self-determination and with the health of the embryo being placed over and above that of the woman.

All these attacks on womens' freedoms are taking place in a context where pay parity is only a mirage, where increasing labour precarity mostly affects women, where young female university graduates struggle to find work which suits their qualifications, are underpaid and often exploited, and where young women can no longer have children simply because their precarious economic situation forbids it.

Violence against women in the family and in society in general is also at extremely high levels and rising. The national press regularly reports on cases of violence, but these are only the tip of the iceberg, with many many more cases going unreported every day. Of those reported, we should remember the one of the girl from Biella who was killed by the man who had raped her years before and who had persecuted her for years without anything being done to stop him. Not to mention the case of the decision by the Court of Appeals which decided that sexual violence is to be considered less serious if the woman involved (and in this case it was a minor!) has already had sexual relations.

We must fight these attempts to force women out of public life, back into the sphere of the private and the family, the battle cry of a fake traditionalist ideology which is nonetheless a capitalist one, as women get forced back into the private domain only in moments of economic contraction and social difficulty. We demand the right for women to enjoy a public voice and to take back their freedom, starting from:

Freedom of choice in our relations and in our sexual lives

Self-determination for every decision regarding our bodies and our lives


Ethics & Gender Policies Commission
Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici

6th March 2006

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imageMorals in a pill Apr 13 FdCA 0 comments

With the Regional elections now over, the political coalitions continue to court the Vatican, offering the Catholic Church a breather from the tragic situation it finds itself in thanks to the scandal of paedophile priests. And given the fact that current policies are geared towards criminalizing foreigners or, in less extreme cases, reducing the numbers of foreigners in the various holding centres - which translates into big business for Catholic bodies - the only ace left up Italian politicians' collective sleeve in their attempt to curry favour with the Pope is to take it out on women. [Italian]

textMifepristone, the Vatican and the women of Italy Aug 09 Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici 0 comments

It's a hot summer. What better than a nice clerical problem to distract us from more serious problems and get us worked up? After years of interference from the clerics, the Italian Medicines Agency, AIFA, has finally approved the use of Mifepristone (the WHO did in 2003). [Italiano]

textRome, 24 November: National Demonstration against violence on women Nov 22 FdCA 0 comments

We will be taking part in the 24 November demonstration against violence on women as this is something that concerns not just women, even though it is women, of whatever sexual orientation, who need to defend themselves from it. They have to defend themselves from it when they are subjected to it, they have to defend themselves from it when it is used against them in order to restrict everyone's freedom... [ Italiano ]

textReflections on the failure of the IVF referendum Jun 15 Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici 1 comments

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textYES! Law N°40 is a rip-off Mai 26 Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici 0 comments

It was written without taking into account the opinion of women and against the opinion of the experts, with no account taken at all of the extremely delicate technical problems related to it.

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