The Italian Chamber unanimously approved a measure to combat violence against women on Tuesday, with 521 votes in favor.

The measure, which now goes to the senate, includes a provision asking the Italian government to "restore and implement the fund supporting the national action plan against violence against women in every form and expression".

Italian Equal Opportunity Minister Josefa Idem said on Tuesday, "Tackling a social and cultural phenomenon of such a vast scale as violence against women requires financial resources from the State and territorial entities, and on this front, I intend to commit myself to find lasting forms of financing, even from Europe, that will especially permit anti-violence centres to ensure adequate assistance to women victims of violence".

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