Quale genere di democrazia? Un dialogo sulle diversità

EUI, Engaged Academics and EuropeDirect – Sala Ketty La Rocca, Le Murate Progetti Arte Contemporanea

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The EUI Engaged Academics Working Group encourages debate on a constellation of gender-related questions. Starting from democracy as a promise for social inclusion, the side-event will take stock of the state of the Italian democracy in terms of gender equality, with a specific focus on the Florentine reality. ‘Disinformation’ and ‘inclusive democracy’ are two topics among the many discussed within the 2019 State of the Union edition. These two fundamental aspects of 21st century’s democracies concern particularly the realm of gender. In the labyrinth of disinformation on gender issues, the central dimension of human diversity becomes peripheral, or even, in some cases, dehumanised. The aim of this event is to put back the individual at the heart of (their) questions of gender, by listening to the knowledge and testimonies shared by those who, daily, have first-hand experience with gender- related situations. We will open a dialogue with experts in the field to shed some light on the notion of gender, gender relations, sex characteristics and sexualities. What is sex? What is gender? What is the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity? Who is a trans* person? Who are intersex people? The fear of the ‘other’ – perceived as ‘different’ – becomes frequently an opportunity for political instrumentalisation as well as one of the triggers of harmful stereotypes, discriminations and violence. How to prevent bullying and discrimination in various social contexts, both institutional and non-institutional? What forms of help can be provided to the victims of gender-based discrimination, violence and ill-treatment? Experts from the fields of law, sociology, education and social services support will offer answers to and reflections upon these and many other questions. The discussion will be followed by a debate with the audience.

Giovanna Gilleri, PhD Researcher, Department of Law, EUI

Daria Campriani, Transgender activist, intersexioni Group
Wanna Del Buono, Lawyer, Co-Founder of the Artemisia Association
Isabella Mancini, Vice-President of Nosotras Onlus
Alice Troise, High School Professor, Founder of Gruppo Giovani Glbti* Firenze and Co-Founder of the intersexioni Group
Roberta Vannucci, ArciLesbica Associazione Nazionale and Artistic Co-director of the Florence Queer Festival

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