Isabella Rauti named government adviser on gender violence

Has roots in politics, links to Berlusconi's party

Isabella Rauti named government adviser on gender violence

Rome, June 10 - Isabella Rauti, an education professor and journalist, was appointed Monday as Italy's policy adviser on gender violence and femicide. The appointment demonstrates the national government's commitment to dealing with these issues, said Interior Minister and Deputy Premier Angelino Alfano. Combating violence against women and femicide is a "real social emergency," that should be addressed through an immediate, inter-ministerial task force, said Rauti. At 50, Rauti has a PhD in education, is a university professor, and has worked for various government ministries including the Lazio regional government. Lazio is the home region to Italian capital city of Rome where Rauti's husband, Gianni Alemanno, is currently running for re-election as Rome's mayor. Like Alfano, Alemanno is a member of three-time premier Silvio Berlusconi's center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party. Rauti has also led several non-profit organizations, including Hands off Women (HOW), which promotes women's rights and a stop to violence. Rauti has deep roots in Italy's centre-right politics. Her father Pino Rauti was former leader of Italy's main postwar neo-Fascist party, the Italian Social Movement, and was once a diehard soldier in Benito Mussolini's puppet regime of Salo.

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