On the bus that takes us from Rome to Bologna, the average age couldn’t be more than 25, with some exceptions above and below, ranging from the youngest, who forced everybody to respect nap time, to some older people. Some watch on small screens the movie Zootropolis, the new Disney cartoon about a female bunny-cop. “But she is just a guard,” some exclaim to a chorus of boos.
On the packed buses, there are representatives of different self-managed organizations, social centers, grassroots union leaders and anti-violence centers that work with migrants. Marta takes the microphone and explains the travel information and appointments that await us.
At the University of Bologna, the crowd participating at the tables is larger than the congregation in Rome, the day after the big event of Nov. 26, when over 200,000 people took to the streets. Then, there were more than 1,200 worktables; this weekend there are around 2,000. The eight thematic groups are the same that started in Rome: legislative and legal; labor and welfare; diversity, sexual and emotional education: formation as a prevention and combat tool against gender-based violence; migrant feminism; sexism in the movements; right to sexual and reproductive health; violence in the media; and escape routes from violence. The debate, sometimes animated but always inclusive, extends beyond the closing bell, announced obsessively on the institution’s speakers at 6 p.m.