“WOUNDED TO DEATH” IN WASHINGTON 85TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION OF WOMEN

MONOLOGUES WRITTEN BY SERENA DANDINI GIVE VOICE TO THE VICTIMS OF FEMICIDE

Washington DC, November 13th, 2013— The Organization of American States (OAS) is celebrating the 85th anniversary of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) and the 20th anniversary of the Belém do Pará Convention (Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence against Women) with a performance of “Wounded to death”, a theatrical project on femicide written by Serena Dandini, a well-known Italian television personality, writer and journalist. The show gives voice to victims of femicide (the murder of women for gender-based reasons) throughout the world with a series of monologues drawn from current events.

This is the first time that the OAS has taken an artistic approach to the issue of gender-based violence. The event, scheduled for Tuesday November 19th 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the OAS headquarters, is organized in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C., the Permanent Observer of Italy to the OAS, as well as other partners, and is part of 2013 – Year of Italian Culture in the United States. Italy’s Deputy Minister for Equal Opportunities, Cecilia Guerra and some Ministers of Women of several of the Organization’s member states will appear onstage at the Hall of the Americas to read monologues from victims of femicide.

 After more than fifteen successful performances in Italy’s most important theaters, “Wounded to death” kicks off its international tour with this performance in Washington, after which it will travel to the United Nations in New York for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25th). The tour will then continue to Brussels (November 28) and London (December 3).

Violence against women is a key issue for the International community. More than a third of women worldwide are affected by physical or sexual violence, many at the hands of an intimate partner, according to a report released last June by the World Health Organization. The report represents the first systematic study of global data on the prevalence of violence against women. Among its key findings on partner violence was that globally, 38 per cent of all women who were murdered were killed by their intimate partners. The report, titled “Global and regional estimates of violence against women” can be downloaded at the following link:

http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/violence/9789241564625/en/index.html

Preventing violence against women and other forms of domestic violence is a key priority for Italy, one of the first countries of the Council of Europe to sign and ratify the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, which now awaits ratification by at least five other signatories before its entry into force.

Similarly, the Belém do Pará Convention has been ratified by 32 of the 34 member states of the OAS and entered into force on March 5th 1995.  A cornerstone of the work of the CIM and the OAS, preventing and responding to violence against women in the Americas has become a key condition for ensuring the full exercise of women’s human right

This project is held under the auspices of the Italian Deputy Minister for Equal Opportunities and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The overseas tour of “Wounded to death” is also made possible thanks to Eni (a supporter from the onset which has renewed its commitment to this new initiative overseas), Gucci (involved for many years in fighting violence against women and drawing awareness to the cause by supporting a series of initiatives in Italy and elsewhere in the world) and Lavazza, with the support of the Equal Opportunity Commission of Legacoop in collaboration with Casa Modena, and of the Italian Cultural Institute in New York. The play in Italy and overseas is produced by Mismaonda (www.mismaonda.eu).