The demonstrator is leaning against a fender, wearing heavy framed glasses sliding down her nose and heavy makeup, in shorts and black socks. She is holding a sign with an easy air and a cigarette in her hand. On it, she simply wrote: “If I don’t give it to you, don’t take it.”
Among the crowd, many unsettling things of this kind can be seen, small, large, individual, collective, grouped together: a flood made up of many, many waves, each one unique. According to the organizers, 200,000 people marched Saturday through the streets of Rome, 90 percent of them women, a human mass with so much complexity. A mass that circulates through everyday life, but it is dispersed and badly lit, unlike Saturday when it came down in bulk to win the stage. It was the largest feminist demonstration since the ‘70s. This time, it earned the compliments of the police commissioner for the organization.
In summary, free and freedom were the most popular words. The event “Not One Less,” led by anti-violence groups, was convened against feminicide. It aimed to take a cultural shot of the entire society for the recognition of women’s self-determination, and to ask the government, the state — from the judiciary to the doctors and the police — and the media to no longer take an antediluvian, sexist approach to the problem of violence against women.