Megan Iacobini de Fazio
Megan Iacobini de Fazio is a freelance journalist from Rome, Italy. She has reported extensively from East Africa, and her writing on culture, women's rights, politics and music has appeared in Al Jazeera English, Thomson Reuters Foundation, The Daily Beast, El Pais, Bandcamp and others.
A freelance journalist in Italy reflects on the country’s lockdown in light of the novel coronavirus.
Italy's school closures in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak was met with joy by some students. But childcare alternatives are taking an economic toll on parents, and could end up putting grandparents at risk.
Business, Economics and Jobs
With no rights to speak of, undocumented migrants and refugees in Italy are vulnerable to exploitation by unscrupulous "padroni" and criminal gangs, including the mafia, who controls Italy's agricultural sector.
Refugees and asylum-seekers in Italy face sudden, forced evictions from refugee centers in a crackdown on asylum rights. They've been uprooted from refugee and migrant centers, with little information about where they're headed next.
Late on Oct. 4, Verona’s local council approved a motion “to prevent abortion and sustain maternity,” which allows the use of public money to fund vehemently anti-abortion Catholic organizations and encourages doctors to dissuade women from aborting. The coalition of center-right councilors also tried and failed to present a motion that would require all aborted fetuses to be buried in a cemetery, even without the consent of the woman involved.