On july 22 The Board of Justice of the House has approved the bill against homophobia and transphobia. Italy’s leading political parties have voted in favor.The following link shows the basic text. The bill extends the Mancino law -which only punishes acts of discrimination based on ethnic origin, nationality and religion â€“ to acts of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender.[source]
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Since becoming Italy’s Minister of Integration, Congolese-born Cecile Kyenge has suffered racist and sexist abuse. The latest slur came over some days ago, when Senator Roberto Calderoli, deputy head of the Northern League in the Italian Senate, compared Kyenge’s features to that of an orangutan.[Source]
Women, Action and the Media launched a campaign to get Facebook to end hate speech against women on its website and urged users and advertisers to pull their support. The companies stopped their ads and FB said it would review its guidelines, update training for employees and increase accountability for those who post such matter.
The group of youths (Italian, immigrants and second generation) who created “Occhio ai media”, an observatory whose aim is monitoring and reporting racist and discriminatory press, wrote the book ¨Nella mia tendopoli nessuno è straniero¨. The book tells about the earthquake that took place in Emilia Romagna from the immigrants point of view: they lost their homes and lived side by side with italians inside the tents.
In a post on his blog, the italian politician Beppe Grillo lists a series of crimes committed by immigrants: again, politics try to spread fear and gain consensus by enforcing in the public opinion the prejudice that a migrant must be a criminal.