Pressure is growing on Italy’s prime minister after Italian women in Rome, Milan and numerous cities abroad held rallies, claiming he had disgraced their country.
Incensed with the latest prostitution scandal to have engulfed Silvio Berlusconi, hundreds of thousands said enough was enough.
Calls for him to resign rang out reflecting just how much damage has been done to Berlusconi’s standing in opinion polls.
But for many of the protesters their anger was rooted in a more fundamental issue with Italian culture.
One protester said she thought that women were almost invisible in Italy, in politics and at work and that she wanted to change this situation.
Berlusconi supporters dismissed the rallies saying their leader had survived worse.
However, this time prosecutors want him tried for allegedly paying for illegal sex with an under age night club dancer.