In Memoriam | Elisabetta Addis


In Memoriam: Elisabetta Addis

Elisabetta Addis passed away this month.  She was a Professor at the University of Sassari, in Sardegna, Italy and at L.U.I.S.S in Rome. She studied at the University of Pisa and at Harvard.  She was a founding member of IAFFE, suggesting the “International” part of the title at that first meeting in Washington, D.C.  She served as a Vice President of IAFFE and was a driving force behind making IAFFE a truly international organization.  She was also one of the founders of IAFFE – Europe and co-organized conferences in Brussels (1998) and Budapest (2005).  She was a prolific scholar working on gender mainstreaming, gender and statistics, gender based-violence, power and decision-making, gender and employment, and education. Over the past decade she has been focused on Se Non Ora Quando (If Not Now, When), a feminist movement in Italy for women’s rights and gender politics.  She was a skilled organizer and a tireless activist. Elisabetta was also an accomplished sailor taking feminists who visited her at her home in Stintino, Sardegna out for a sail. After the conference in Barbados, when we all took a tour on a Catamaran, Elisabetta talked the crew into letting her take the wheel. She was a generous and welcoming spirit hosting several of us at the University in Sassari and providing a leg up for young feminists who followed her. She will be missed. Rest in Peace, Eli.

Words written July 2020 by Barbara Hopkins, Edith Kuiper, Marcella Corsi, and friends.