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Violence against women

· The monthly "women church world" ·

Two paintings. The first is Ajax and Cassandra (1886) by Joseph Solomon: he so dark, strong, earthly, all muscle and clout; she, of a dazzling whiteness, loaded on the shoulder of the predator, caught in a movement that seems like a dance. Ajax, in the painting, has a face; Cassandra’s cannot even be seen. 

The second work, on the contrary, is The nymph Corisca and the satyr (1635-1640) by Artemisia Gentileschi: here the central figure is she, the victim; although molested and being chased, the woman is portrayed on her feet as she flees, decisive and fighting against what she does not want. This is how violence against women changes - the theme of this issue – when it is women themselves who recount and comment on it Here we have tried to recount, with the voice of women, violence against women in its historical facets - current, religious, domestic and wartime.

If there is a colour for violence, then it is red. Yet no one like women and as much as women know that red is not only synonymous with violence, injury, threat, branding or death. Red is also infectious joy, it is the fire that warms, seduces and cooks, it is the life that is born again. This gives us, we women, the overwhelming force of love and creation. That the victim of violence of Isabella Ducrot is able to stand up; that she will never again be forced to find herself curled up in an attempt to defend herself. That, above all, she is able to wear her colours with joy and pride.

It is precisely for this reason that we would like to make our own the proposal submitted by William Hague, the British Foreign Secretary, who wanted the fight against sexual violence during conflicts to be amongst the political priorities of his country. A commitment that led the Member States of the G8 to vote, last April, in favour of a declaration.

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