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Many significant events are organised by the "EUROMESCO" network, of which the Fondazione Mediterraneo is a member.

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The Fondazione Mediterraneo - protagonist of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership born with the Barcelona Process on 28 November 1995 - celebrated in various countries - in Italy in Naples and Rome - the Day of the Mediterranean.
Mediterranean Day is celebrated on 28 November with the aim of promoting a common Mediterranean identity, fostering intercultural exchanges and embracing the diversity of the region. It was also established to give greater visibility to the daily efforts of organisations and citizens to strengthen cooperation and integration in the Euro-Mediterranean region.
Mediterranean Day takes place on the anniversary of the Barcelona Process held in 1995, which marked the beginning of a shared commitment by Euro-Mediterranean countries to transform the region into a common space of peace, stability, socio-economic progress and dialogue among peoples, also leading to the establishment of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) in 2008. Mediterranean Day is celebrated in the countries of the Mediterranean basin, including the Member States of the European Union.

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Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and French President Emmanuel Macron signed the "Treaty for Enhanced Bilateral Cooperation" at the Quirinale, in the presence of the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, and the Italian and French delegations. At the end of the ceremony, President Draghi and President Macron made joint statements to the press at Villa Madama.
President Michele Capasso stressed that this treaty is a first significant step towards the United States of the World. Responding to journalists, he said:
"Usually diplomats deal with treaties and they are often drafted as if they were a photocopy of each other. The Italy-France treaty, on the other hand, should be known because it is peculiar, it goes beyond the interests of diplomacy and concerns everyone. In essence, it involves the general interest of the two Countries and, in general, of Europe. Country. The "Treaty of the Quirinale" may affect the history of relations between Italy and France and the very future of Europe. Italy and France, two countries so close but often so far apart. This "Treaty" takes the path of integration in the most important sectors of a country's life: from security to technological innovation, from justice to the economy, from education to social and sustainable development, even in the extremely delicate sector of agriculture, in which Italy and France have often been in competition. But the added value is that this treaty is not closed, i.e. 'bilateral', as we say in diplomatic jargon. Instead, it is open to Europe and aims, mind you, not at defending the current intergovernmental, i.e. federal, structure, but at building a Europe that is finally federal, the one that young people dream of, the one we need, the one that the dramatic challenges of globalisation in the time of the pandemic require of us: the "United States of Europe" and the "United States of the World".

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The Fondazione Mediterraneo - together with the Anna Lindh Italia Federation, the Kimiyya programme and the Museum of Peace - MAMT - celebrated in Naples and in other Euro-Mediterranean cities the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This event was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations through resolution number 54/134 of 17 December 1999.
The United Nations General Assembly," President Capasso reminded the many women present at the Museum of Peace, "designated 25 November as the date of the anniversary and invited governments, international organisations and NGOs to organise activities on that day to raise public awareness of the problem of violence against women.
The date of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women also marks the beginning of the "16 days of activism against gender-based violence" preceding World Human Rights Day on 10 December each year, initiated in 1991 by the Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) and supported by the United Nations, to highlight that violence against women is a violation of human rights. This period", said President Capasso, "includes a number of other significant dates, including 29 November, Women Human Rights Defenders Day (WHRD), 1 December, World AIDS Day, and 6 December, the anniversary of the Montreal Polytechnic massacre, when 14 female engineering students were killed by a 25-year-old man who claimed he wanted to fight feminism".
In many countries, such as Italy, the colour displayed on this day is red and one of the symbolic objects is red women's shoes, lined up in squares or public places to represent the victims of violence and feminicide. The idea came from an installation by Mexican artist Elina Chauvet, Zapatos Rojos, created in 2009 in a square in Ciudad Juarez, and inspired by the murder of her sister by her husband and the hundreds of women kidnapped, raped and murdered in this border town in northern Mexico, a hub of the drug and human trafficking market. The installation has since been replicated in many countries around the world, including Argentina, the United States, Norway, Ecuador, Canada, Spain and Italy. The campaign in Italy is being carried out in particular by the Anti-Violence Centre and women's associations working in the field of violence against women.
And it was precisely red that welcomed the many visitors - in compliance with the anti-Covid 19 rules - who came to the Museum. There was great emotion in the Marrakech Room, where the walls are lined with the blank footprints of violated women whose stories can be seen on the Museum's video wall screens.

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With co-financing from the Campania Region, the Museum of Peace - MAMT has extended its braille signage, becoming one of the most advanced museum sites: 56 new plaques have been installed, in addition to the large plaque dedicated to the United States of the World, which now enriches the emotional paths for the blind.
Among the first visitors was a group of Tunisians with some blind people who complimented the quality of the Braille language.

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