Inapp against gender-based violence

25.11.2023 – Gender-based violence takes place on a physical, sexual, psychological or economic level, and constitutes a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination against women. It also includes threats to commit acts of violence, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether in public or personal life. Violence against women does not only affect the private sphere but has devastating consequences on all the social, working and productive relationships of the women who are its victims.

The need to support knowledge and awareness of the phenomenon has led Inapp, through its Single Committee of Guarantee (CUG), to promote various initiatives to combat gender-based violence, through a path aimed at increasing awareness, as part of the Three-Year Positive Action Plan (Tap) 2022-2024. The Plan commits the Institute in fulfilling the provisions of the Civil Service Directive No. 2 of 2019 “Measures to promote equal opportunities and strengthen the role of the Single Guarantee Committees in public administrations”, as well as the International Labour Organisation’s (Oil-Ilo) Convention No. 190 on the Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work (2019). Inapp intended to operationally translate the core of these norms to introduce positive actions within its organisation. 

With this goal in mind, Inapp has set up a training course on gender-based violence for all its staff, providing a space of learning and discussion on the subject. Furthermore, a plaque with the number 1522 (the helpline for victims of violence and stalking) was placed on the Institute’s red bench as a symbol of rejection of violence against women. Other actions were also initiated in collaboration with other public research bodies within the framework of Inapp Academy project—a community of skills and PA community created on the initiative of the Institute to implement innovation and knowledge sharing.

Knowledge and awareness of the phenomena of discrimination and violence against women are instrumental for bringing to light the issue. No context is to be considered exempt from this structural issue and it is essential to create paths towards individual and collective awareness. These considerations are more topical and crucial than ever, also following the recent episodes of femicide.