Today (one later than beginning of initiative), I've sent a letter to all women sitting at Italian Parliament, informing of the initiative "16 Days Against Gender Violence" and asking for general support.
Just a tiny attempt, entirely costless.
I'm quite convinced that, speaking to people personally of things "real", it is always possible to make some difference, beyond any political belief and religious faith. And people sitting at a Parliament is no less "people" than anyone else. They too love children, know value of happiness and dignity, have suffered their pain, and so on (needless to say this you, of course).
Besides this theoretical and ideal point, a more practical reason exists. Current societies are very complex all over the World. It is materially impossible for even the most active politician to be informed of all what happens. Where possible, that is, if citizens have access to their representatives (in Italy this definitely is), we little ones (little, but citizens of the World have some possibility (and, after all, the obligation) to make them informed of important issues.
Sincerely, I don't know if my attempt will yield little, or big, results. I'll make you all informed. But, I'm already content: after 10 minutes I sent the messages, I got one answer already. In Italy is night, and I frankly did not hope that.
For whom of you who love hard data, I've some figures from Italy.
In Italy, the Parliament is made of two branches, the Senato and the Camera dei Deputati.
Of the 331 senators, women are 59 in current legislature. They were 45 out of 335 in previous legislature, and 26 out of 338 two legislatures ago. The fraction is already very ("too" in my opinion) small, but there is some increasing trend.
Deputies are more, 630, 134 of whom are women.
In total, I sent e-mail to 191 persons (two of the 193 women in parliament appear not having valid e-mail addresses, unfortunately).
The mailing lists are "available" from Italian Parliament's web site. They have not yet made it available as a downloadable document, but you can easily get it from the single web pages, by copying-and-pasting.
I guess anyone else who would like to do the same will have to make a bit of work. But, nothing difficult for us, right? Just a bit of patience ;-)
Is this attempt replicable in other countries?
Am sure some of us are doing already.
It costs so little (just a "big" bit of time, I admit - this was costly, to me), but it might be worth. The problem is multi-national, and devises global attention - and involvement of institutions at the highest possible level.
Love (and lot, lot of hope)
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