Woman Care Trust Onlus (originally called Trust Woman Care) is an organisation composed by more than twenty experts : including economists, notaries, university professors and lawyers, who share the wish to encourage activities and projects to contrast feminicide and bullying.
Led by the Hon. Maurizio Bernardo, President of the Sixth Finance Commission of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, the Trust’s Founders promote initiatives focused on spreading gender equality throughout every civil, social, family and working environment.
“The Woman Care Trust Onlus is driven by the spirit of fighting against the phenomena of feminicide and bullying. Using innovative technologies, efficient tools can be created to provide a suitable aid and support in case of these kinds of violence.”
The group has decided to establish a non-profit Trust, able to ensure the protection of the collected donations. Furthermore, the main innovative feature of this Trust is the presence of independent funds within itself with perfect asset autonomy.This will make it possible to keep distinct the disbursements that will be made in favor of individual initiatives and, consequently, to maximize the effect of asset allocation. The legal and fiscal aspects of the establishment of the Trust have been handled by Professor Atty. Stefano Loconte, with the support of other professionals involved in the initiative, which has then assumed the role of Trustee. The other members, on the other hand, assumed the role of Guardians of the Trust with the specific task of supervising and controlling the achievement of the destination programme and the objectives of the Trust.
In recent years, Italy has suffered increasing cases of feminicide and bullying. The women involved, often very young, are victims of a trusted partner, such as husbands, boyfriends or friends.
The phenomenon of bullying affects younger targets, amplified by social media and new technologies.
In Italy there are over 10.000 reports of violence from a member of the family, over 3.000 reports of rape, almost 9.000 reports of stalking in a single year. One out of three women has suffered from violence or harassment at home, office or school (Italian National Institute of Statistics, 2017).
These numbers and stories are unbearable in the third millennium and are not even real: despite the increase in reports, according to data from Telefono Rosa only 2 out of 10 women report the violence suffered, even only 1 out of 10 in the case of sexual violence. Not even all feminicides are catalogued or reported as such, since a specific crime has not yet been established.
The lack of precise names to attribute to the various degrees of violence and discrimination against women is a powerful weapon in the hands of those who do not want to recognize the phenomenon, those who want to belittle the seriousness of the facts and creates confusion to perpetuate the status quo. The lack of awareness that involves both men and women on what is violence, abuse, harassment, is an ideal ground to continue to use stereotypes such as jealousy, provocation, despair, and shift the attention from the crime to those who suffer it.
“In the light of these worrying data, we felt the moral obligation to do something , to offer our professional expertise in order to support the activities against violence. Defending the weakest is a priority for the Trust and a matter of urgency. However, we believe it is essential to develop and disseminate a culture in which gender equality is the lifeblood, guaranteeing women, for example, access to public offices and elected offices under the same conditions as those reserved for men, as well as the same salaries as those provided for in the Constitution.” – commented the founders of Trust Woman Care.
NOVEMBER 24, 2017 – “THE POWER OF WOMEN” – WOMAN CARE TRUST ONLUS FIRST ANNUAL CONGRESS
THE N.O.R.A. PROJECT (2018)
The Trust Guardians have established a new project for helping women, exploiting innovative technologies to provide an immediate support in case of violence: a necklace able to send an SOS with the GPS location in case of aggression or accidents, able to reach a predefined list of contacts.
The N.O.R.A. Project was presented on November 24, 2017 during the first Annual Congress as a first “milestone” to build together a culture that sees gender equality as its lifeblood, and will be operational from July 2018 starting with women in the city of Naples, in collaboration with the Vodafone Foundation and the Carabinieri Corps, thanks to an agreement signed for this purpose.
24th November 2018 In support of women victims of violence comes a smartwatch of the latest generation, combined with a mobile phone with applications, with which victims can instantly ask for help and, at the same time, record and transmit images and audio that the investigators can then acquire as evidence of crime.
The new technology is supplied by the Arma dei Carabinieri and will start in the coming days on an experimental basis from Naples. The new technology is financed by the Vodafone Foundation and the Woman Care Trust association.
The victim – as explained – can activate the emergency call by pressing a button or even by moving the arm. The call thus comes directly to the Provincial Command of the Carabinier of Naples where there will be a carabiniere technical representative and an investigative referent that will report to the judicial authority.