Do you know why there is a red bench in Piazza Leonardo right in front of Politecnico?
It represents a space ideally occupied by the presence of women victims of violence.
The history of the red bench begins in October 2019, when we decided to participate at the initiative “Adotta una panchina”; we decided to use that space because it’s necessary that the Politecnico, like other universities, takes a firm stance against violence on women, actively fighting to raise awareness among its people.
Universities must be safe spaces, explicitely against sexism, machismo, racism or any other form of discrimination; places that allow students, PhD students, professors and every other member to freely express themselves and their ideas.
We all would rather pretend that these brutal acts of violence are no more, as if they are just things of the past, but unfortunately reality tells a different story. Milan is sadly no exception, despite what one would think: everyday many women experience horrible acts of violence, not always of the physical type: it is actually the case that it often takes the form of verbal and psychological abuse, sometimes subtle, sometimes more explicit.
Do not downplay and tolerate this kind of violence, learn more by reading the flyer below!