AT 12:00 AM MEETING BETWEEN EXPERTS TO CREATE A SYSTEM ON THE FIGHT AGAINST STIGMA EXPERIENCED BY WOMEN HAVING A PAST OF DETENTION, AFFECTED BY PSYCHIATRIC PATHOLOGIES OR PSYCHOLOGICAL DISCOMFORTS, DRUGS.
THE INITIATIVE WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE ON THE ASL YOUTUBE CHANNEL
NewTuscia – VITERBO – Tomorrow at 12 o’clock the meeting “Double stigma. Illness and women: when gender is a complication”, promoted de (Italian Society of Prison Medicine and Health), involved for years in promoting the health of prisoners.
The appointment, made as part of the campaign #LOTcontrolviolencewas conceived as a moment of confrontation between experts to create a device on the fight against the stigmatization experienced by women with a past of detention, suffering from psychiatric pathologies or psychological distress, drug addicts.
The initiative, in which the director of the SPDC of the ASL 4 of the Liguria Region, Maria Laura Manzone, the psychologist Rosaria Ricci, the midwife of the Viterbo Family Consultancy, Eleonora Faccenda, and the infectiologist Elena Rastrelli will participate, will be moderated by Giulio Starnini, Director of the Protected Medicine Unit – Infectious Diseases, and Angela Lagrutta, Director of the Ser.D Operational Unit of ASL Viterbo.
Participation in the event will also be possible via live streaming which will be broadcast on the ASL Viterbo Youtube channel.
“It was the Greeks who were the first to use a word (stigma) – comments Elena Rastrelli, head of ROSE (SIMPSe Women’s Network), the society’s national network on the health of women in prison –. Word that denotes a particular physical connotation (due to disability) or that can also designate particular social categories that, in some way, are discriminated against from those considered “normal”. Stigma leads to discrimination and the emergence of stereotypes that affect society. “Diversity” leads to the emergence of particular characteristics and therefore to marginalization, solely for the fact that these characteristics are different”.
Throughout history, mental illnesses, psychological distress, drug addiction, infectious diseases have represented stigmatizing conditions, accentuating the loneliness and isolation of those who suffer from them. “Even having a history of imprisonment behind you – concludes Rastrelli – is a ‘mark’ in society and has particular factors of fragility. To live the experience of stigmatization in women is in fact to suffer a double violence, because being a woman in oneself often becomes an additional discriminating factor. The experience of experts in comparison is therefore a moment of meeting and sharing different points of view which often relate to the same person who is experiencing their own illness or a course of care. And from a moment of dialogue, new perspectives and proposals can arise that counter the violence of gender-specific stigma by strengthening an integrated and multidisciplinary system.”