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Dec 2013: yet another acid attack – the seventh reported by the media this year – made the newspaper headlines in Italy.

An actress is reflected in a mirror as she performs during the "15 22 performance" opposing violence against women in front of Chigi palace in Rome | Photo: REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Nov 2013: The Italian government declared a "total war" on gender violence, as Prime Minister Enrico Letta wore a red ribbon to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.  Letta said much had been done over the past seven months to combat violence against women and that this was a pivotal time for Italy.


April 2013: For years, Cécile Kyenge, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been fighting for rights of immigrants in Italy as one of the officials of the Democratic Party’s Immigration Forum.