By Oisin Sweeney • 09 February 2021 • 9:06
Roberta Siragusa, 17, was brutally murdered in Sicily allegedly by her boyfriend - Image Source: Twitter
THE BRUTAL murder of a teenager in Sicily has renewed calls from lawmakers and the public to bring an end to the Italian gender violence crisis.
The recent murder of a 17-year-old girl near Palermo, allegedly by her boyfriend, has reignited the Italian “Red Bench” movement calling for an end to the country’s gender violence crisis.
Prosecutors in the Sicilian town of Caccamo said that Roberta Siragusa was “torn apart” in a brutal murder for which her boyfriend has been arrested. Her tragic death has made national headlines across Italy, as did the vandalism of her “Red Bench” – which are erected in parks to commemorate victims of gender violence across the country.
Cinzia Leone, a local MP in the region, has spoken out against the rate of violence against women in Sicily which she claims is exacerbated by an “omerta” culture of silence and machismo promoted by the region’s powerful mafia. She has called on Rome to focus on prevention schemes to the crisis, including educational programmes. Leone also slammed some sectors of the Italian press, who often lay a portion of the blame on the victim of gender violence murders.
In another recent case Sicily gender violence case, 37-year-old Palermo resident Piera Napoli was stabbed to death by her husband after she told him she no longer loved him. Prosecutors said the killer had acted out of “mere jealousy and with cruelty”.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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