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Promoting Change: Our Commitment on the International Day for the elimination of Violence Against Women

 

According to Article 1 of the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, issued by the General Assembly in 1993, violence against women is “any act of gender-based violence that results in or is likely to result in physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life.”

 

The declaration also acknowledges the historical, social and cultural matrix of gender-based violence, stating that “Femicide is the manifestation of a historical inequality in the power relations between men and women that has led to men’s domination over women and discrimination against them, and has prevented real progress in the status of women”.

 

 

 

On the occasion of the International Day Against Violence Against Women, our historic café joins the fight for a world free of all forms of gender-based violence.

 

 

 

The historical events of Café Florian teach us that it is always possible to rewrite history.

 

 

In the venue that was born to welcome people, foster the meeting of ideas, host ferment revolutions and promote impulses for renewal, conversation has been encouraged for more than three centuries.

Spreading information about the signs of violence is part of a social duty to which all men and women are called.

Together, we can inspire actions that lead to a future without violence.

Let us unite our voices for a safer and more just world for all women.

Renaissance frescoed ceiling of the Sala delle Donne, known today as the Senate Hall

The precious ceiling of the Women's Hall, nowadays Senato's Hall

The Women’s Hall is a tangible symbol of the Florian’s commitment to be actively part of changes in Venetian society and national history. Commitment to fostering an environment in which all women could feel respected and celebrated.

Venetian women represent in this respect a model from which to draw inspiration.

The history of Venice is rich in female stars who have left an indelible imprint, courageous and determined women who defied social conventions to pursue their dreams.

More should be said about them.

Elena Lucrezia Cornaro

Elena Lucrezia Cornaro: la prima donna al mondo a conseguire una laurea nel XVII secolo.

Maria Barovier, opposed by Murano manufacturers, received a ducal letter in 1487 to allow her to carry on her business without harassment from men.

Elena Lucrezia Corner Piscopia, first woman to receive a doctorate in the world 1678.

Rosalba Carriera (1673 – 1757) painter and portrait painter, managed to buy her own house from the proceeds of her work as an artist.

Elisabetta Caminer Turra (1751 -1796) Venetian writer and publisher: founded, directed and printed the Giornale Enciclopedico, a periodical distributed throughout Europe.

Gualberta Beccari, creator of the periodical “La donna” published in Venice from 1869 to 1877, contributed to the evolution of the debate on women’s citizenship issues.

 

These women rappresented a turning point in dogma and prejudice.

The International Day Against Violence Against Women is a reminder of the need to end all forms of gender-based violence and to support women on their path to freedom and autonomy.

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On the occasion of the International Day for the elimination of  Violence Against Women, we wish to celebrate the strength and resilience of women at our beloved Women’s Hall.

What we know today as Senate Hall is historically known as Women’s Hall.

To curb the decadence of morals related to the spread of gambling and prostitution, in 1776 the Council of Ten issued an edict prohibiting women from entering Cafes.

As so often in history, women were seen as the cause of society’s ills.

 

The Florian was the only venue to receive a waiver from the ban and the State Historical Archives where the correspondence exchanges between Venetian authorities and Valentino Francesconi, Floriano’s nephew and worthy heir to his business, are preserved.

In fact, ambassadors’ wives were also welcomed at the Florian, and the special permission they received is testimony to the good reputation they enjoyed.

Caffè Florian in Venice is not only a place of elegance and history, it is also a haven that celebrates the world and the history of women’s emancipation.

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Luisa Bergalli, writer and academic, lived off her work in the 18th century

Rising our Voices for a Safer Tomorrow

 

The future is Woman.

We extend our unwavering support to initiatives against gender-based violence by highlighting the signs of violence, we empower our friends and clients to contribute to a safer world for women.

Listening to the discomfort and giving responses that leave their mark are a duty of society that can no longer be postponed.

It’s time to give a precise and strong signal: the narrative of disparity must change, finally linking it to the past.

 

Today, let us rise our voices to make a firm NO against violence.

Together, we can create awareness and inspire actions that pave the way for a future where every woman can live without the shadow of fear.

 

In these unacceptable bereavements we must find the strength and courage to report, to ask for help, to find support; to start a new storytelling and write a new chapter in the history of female emancipation.

Elena Lucrezia Cornaro
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