A Round Table Session – Violence Against Women: Prevention, Information and Empowerment
This is an educational and informational event inspired by International Women’s Day and the month of March as an acknowledgement of women in our world. It is an event for both men and women to create a conversation about the on-going issues that revolve around violence against women.
For too long the issue of violence againt women in and outside the home has been ignored or considered taboo. Now is the time to speak up and inform others of what is really going on in our communities. It is time to recognize the need for prevention, for information, for empowerment and the importance of women and men uniting to stop the violence.
Women need the support of men as much as they need advocates to provide aide during difficult times. Come in solidarity of your mothers, sisters, wives, cousins and friends. We invite both men and women to join us, have an aperitivo, listen to what our guest speakers have to say and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Our guest speakers include:
Michele Capecchi, the lawyer for the Ashley Olsen murder trial who will be speaking to us about the process of the Ashley Olsen trial, the 2009 stalker law, the new divorce and separation laws, how to acquire a Permit of Stay for divorced or separated women, how to acquire a Permit of Stay for abused women and the importance of empathy and support from men.
Elizabeth Connelly, B.Sc., M.A., psychotherapist and community organizer for the English-speaking community, will be discussing how to prevent yourself from being in violent situations, the importance of keeping your street smarts when in another country and how to minimize your risk factors.
Marissa Garreffa, a writer and past victim of sexual assault, will discuss the process of reporting and what to expect, the courtroom process, the importance of having advocates for medical, legal and psychological support as well as a translator, her experience with Associazione Artemisia and the process of recovery after a traumatic experience.
Gaia Tomaselli from Associazione Artemisia, an anti-violence center in Florence, will be speaking to us about the services the association offers. Gaia has four years of experience working for Artemisia’s emergency hotline. She will be informing us on where to go and what to do when in a violent situation and how Associazione Artemisia can help. She will be collecting donations for the association during the event. Any aid you can give is always appreciated.