Elisabetta Tripodi, the mayor of Rosarno, a town of 15,000 inhabitants, said she is leading by example.
“For ’Ndrangheta women forced into a marginal role as subservient women, seeing others engaged on a political level shows that another way is possible,” she said.
Tripodi has been under protection since she was elected in 2010. She has received threats and had cars burnt.
“Being against the mafia is not a choice, it’s natural. As officials, we have to guarantee transparency and apply the law for everyone, whatever their name may be,” she said.
The mayor often visits local schools to explain that “the mafia is a negative thing, not the romanticized version that people see on television.”