Quale genere di democrazia? Un dialogo sulle diversità

Organized by the EUI Engaged Academics Working Group

Thursday 2 May, 17.30-20  – Sala Ketty la Rocca, Le Murate (Progetti Arte Contemporanea)

Speakers
Daria Campriani, Attivista transgender, collettivo intersexioni
Wanna Del Buono, Avvocata, socia fondatrice dell’associazione Artemisia
Isabella Mancini, Vicepresidente dell’associazione Nosotras Onlus
Alice Troise, Docente di scuola superiore, fondatrice del Gruppo Giovani Glbti* Firenze e co-fondatrice del collettivo intersexioni
Roberta Vannucci, ArciLesbica Associazione Nazionale, co-direttrice artistica del Florence Queer Festival

Moderator
Giovanna Gilleri, Ricercatrice PhD, Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza, European University Institute

Abstract
On the occasion of the State of the Union, a high-level conference for reflection on the European Union organised by the European University Institute (EUI), the EUI Engaged Academics Working Group encourages debate on a gender-related questions in the context of the series of debates ‘Debating Democracy’ of the Festival d’Europa. Every year experts from around the world gather to discuss the most pressing issues faced by Europe and Europeans today. This year, the State of the Union is devoted to ‘21st-Century Democracy in Europe’. 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  rom 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.

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