If not now, when?

Mauri Favaron
Posted February 14, 2011 from Italy

Yesterday I accounted on the important demonstration Italian women held in many towns.

Today, I will give you some more data.

Success was beyond any expectation.

Nearly 280 demonstrations took place in Italy, in parallel.

According to the data, more than one million people participated. Women, of course, but men participation was extensive, too. The quest for dignity, and a new way of making policy, are really for all people.

What in my view has distinguished this demonstration from the many occurred in Italy was one important detail: not an act of violence occurred.

Preparation was made possible by the Internet, with some parallel initiatives going on from approximately one month in preparation. One of these has been to replace one's own Facebook image with that of a woman who helped to change our world, or gave a visible example of dignity and worth beyond the depressing stereotype so visible in Italy.

The initiative was transversal, speaking to women as human being, not as left or right-wing supporters. Besides, that of "supporting" a political party, acritically, giving loyalty before having seen all the proposals, the people and the whole evolution is something extraneous to "feminine" relatedness ideal - something the demonstration has shown visibly, and a point for reconstructing a community out of the disgregated, conflictual panorama in Italy.

After one day we can count reactions from politicians and press.

As I imagined, they are quite different. Some, both left- and right-wing, showed appreciation and understanding. Significantly, mr. Berlusconi's was contrary - not entirely surprising, since many of the slogans by protesters invited him to dismiss. His remark, however, looked me less vehement than his usual bilious utterances: he accused the hit, I feel.

(My reply to him next on Pulsewire, and in my Itaiian Facebook page).

Overall, a start!

A bit of fresh air, after a long season of grey, Soviet Union like dullness.

Of course, this is only the beginning.

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  • Jacqueline Patiño
    Feb 14, 2011
    Feb 14, 2011

    I could not be happier for you guys! What a great success!

    I wrote my first comment and I told you that writing in this community gets to be more and more important today. And I must add that writing in your facebook, and in the rest of the social media relevant to Italy, also makes a big difference.

    Go on girl. You are doing fine.

    This is just the beginning, as you said, and a grand way to begin, I say.

    We don´t need to one leader in the opposition. We need to have millions of leaders in favor of a better world, with no strings attached.

    Thanks for the light, Italian ladies.

  • Mauri Favaron
    Feb 14, 2011
    Feb 14, 2011

    But also, I want to.

    As many others.

    The next steps will be "positive". Ideas, about policies (and not only politics).



  • Farha
    Feb 14, 2011
    Feb 14, 2011

    Thank you bringing the story on pulsewire - as soon as watched the news on tv, I was hoping to read from pulsewire.

    280 demonstrations simultaneously is impressive, I have been tweeting about the mass protest for some time - A lot of women in the ME showed genuine support ;- )

    I sincerely hope this bring positive and lasting change for your country ;-D

  • Mauri Favaron
    Feb 15, 2011
    Feb 15, 2011

    Dear Farona, my feeling is these demonstrations were a beginning, for Italy.

    We feel connected with the World, too. Although what happened in Italy seems unrelated on a first instance to the changes we are witnessing in Middle East, I see a connection - all these movement have in common a desire for freedom, a run towards future in a part of World apparently static, limited. In Italy, to date, our material problems are orders of magnitude smaller than in other places nearby; but the feeling of powerlessness (for women especially), the urge for a positive change, is really identical.

    People is people, wherever, whenever.

    Now, it's our task to go on, and try to transform old rules here.

    Thank you, and you all, for your warm support - you're welcome.

    And in Italy, too, we look with great interest what happens in ME.

    Love and eace