Laura Boldrini, Cecile Kyenge and Emma Bonino are among those doing “far better than men”, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said during an interview with television channel Russian 24 ahead of the G20 summit, which gets underway in St Petersburg on Thursday.
The number of women who have entered the Italian government since Letta came on board has increased from 20 to 30 percent.
“I wanted my government to have the largest number of women in Italian history”, he said.
He added that this objective has been won, with “women doing a great job.”
The prime minister, who was elected leader of the coalition government by President Giorgio Napolitano after weeks of gridlock following national elections in February, went on to say that he felt optimistic about the longevity of the government as well as the future of Italy’s economy.
“It’s a balancing act. But I remain focussed on the long-term...It’s the only way not to be distracted by the turmoil of the moment,” he said, partly in reference to the legal scandals surrounding former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.
On the economy, he said: “All the elements indicate that by the end of the year, the situation will turn and we’ll begin to see a ‘plus’ sign.”