25 November, 2021

Through collective care, the other face of peace, we will be a tide together

Statement by SCI Italy for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the Transgender Day of Remembrance

Read the original statement in Italian.

 

Following the call of Non Una Di Meno, Servizio Civile Internazionale (SCI’s Italian branch) and La Città dell’Utopia join the feminist and transfeminist tide that connects the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

As Servizio Civile Internazionale, we are deeply convinced that relationships are built through daily practices that take into consideration the plurality of identities, dimensions and way of social interaction of individuals, part of complex, fluid and evolving universes. Furthermore, for Servizio Civile Internazionale to be nonviolent today means to fight against gender-based violence in all its expressions in daily action. As Aldo Capitini wrote in Le Tecniche della nonviolenza (The Techniques of Nonviolence) :

[…] where there have been nonviolent struggles, there have been civil progress, even when not in majority, and because the problem, it was soon understood, is not so much to win as to follow one’s own persuasions to the end, to make a decisive choice between the possible paths of revolt, to take action because it is right to do so according to what our conscience tells us […], and to refuse to separate the ends from the means that are put in place to achieve them.

As an association that promotes peace and nonviolence, we join the collective cry of “the highest and fierce of those who have no voice” against patriarchy, against fascist, racist and gender-based violence.

At a local level, through the open space of La Città Utopia, a social laboratory located in San Paolo in Rome, we experience a place of popular education for active citizenship, a physical space on the territory where everyone can be involved in doing things starting from low, that is from our local dimension, from our neighbourhoods and cities, local and international places. Within the international network established in 1920, we use the tool of volunteering in our local and international activities, we use non-formal education to create safe and accessible places and experiences for everyone.

We respond to patriarchal and transphobic violence with collective care, structurally transforming the present system in favour of the inclusiveness of all. Knowing the self and the other through mutual recognition that values diversity, inclusion, sharing and self-determination. By challenging and opposing machismo and its violence, we join the fight against that culture that legitimises violence against women and gender-based violence, also, by actively participating in building the communities we want.

Through collective care, the other face of peace, we will be a tide together.

Statement by SCI Italy

Explore more news

The International Human Rights Day observed by SCI India

The International Human Rights Day observed by SCI India

To commemorate International Human Rights Day SCI India organised a workshop for students. They discussed the meaning of human rights, the responsiblities and priviliges that they offer and ways in which these rights are violated. They shared the words about the evolution of our understanding of human rights and provided some insights on the situation in India and the actions that need to be taken to ensure our common safety and wellbeing. Read more about this event.

International Volunteering Day in Malaysia

International Volunteering Day in Malaysia

SCI KL, Malaysia celebrated this year’s UN Volunteer Day with a special event. They presented a 8 feet custom made Peace Pole engraved with 8 different languages reflecting the diversity in Malaysia to Alfred and Projek Nasi Ahad volunteers. See the effects of their work and read more about the projects.

Call for participants! MOVE: Mobility of Volunteering? Eco-friendly!

Call for participants! MOVE: Mobility of Volunteering? Eco-friendly!

We are looking for applications and participants for the second activity of the project MOVE, the “Landing and Spreading” seminar near to Innsbruck on March 6 – 13, 2022. The Project MOVE makes mobility a peace issue and considers the acute need to raise awareness and to promote critical reflection of current mobility choices in international volunteer projects and peace activities. Read the call and apply by 16 January 2022.

Share This