Laura Boldrini

Italy Order of Merit of the Italian Republic Roberto Fico
Laura Boldrini

Laura Boldrini 2016.jpg
President of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
16 March 2013 – 22 March 2018
Preceded byGianfranco Fini
Succeeded byRoberto Fico
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
Assumed office
15 March 2013
ConstituencySicily 2
Personal details
Born (1961-04-28) 28 April 1961 (age 59)[1]
Macerata,[1] Italy
Political partySEL (2013–2016)
SI (2016–2017)
Independent (2018–2019)
PD (since 2019)
Spouse(s)Luca Nicosia
ChildrenAnastasia Nicosia[2]
Alma materSapienza University of Rome

Laura Boldrini, OMRI (Italian pronunciation: [ˈlaura bolˈdriːni]; born 28 April 1961)[1] is an Italian politician and former United Nations official, who served as President of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy.[1] Previously she served as Spokesperson to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for Southern Europe.


Laura Boldrini with Giorgio Napolitano and Pietro Grasso

Born in Macerata, Marche, Boldrini graduated in Law from the Sapienza University of Rome in 1985. Afterwards, she was employed at the Italian public service broadcasting corporation RAI, working both for television and radio. In 1989 she was employed for four years at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), where she was active in video and radio production.

From 1993 until 1998 she worked at the World Food Programme (WFP) as the Italian spokesperson. From 1998 to 2012 she was spokesperson of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), for whom she also coordinated public information campaigns in Southern Europe. In recent years she has specifically dealt with the influx of migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean. She has taken part in numerous missions to crisis spots, including the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Caucasus, Angola and Rwanda.

Political career

Boldrini was elected to the Italian Chamber of Deputies in the 2013 parliamentary election as an independent candidate in the Left Ecology Freedom party list, who together with their coalition allies in the Democratic Party and in Italy Common Good held the majority of seats in the lower house. She represents the second electoral district of Sicily.

On 16 March 2013, following a meeting between the Democratic Party and Left Ecology Freedom, Boldrini was proposed by the coalition Italy Common Good as candidate for the Presidency of the Chamber of Deputies. She was elected President of the Chamber of Deputies on the same day, receiving 327 votes out of a possible 618. She is the third woman, after Nilde Iotti (1979 to 1992) and Irene Pivetti (1994–1996), to fill this role.

Boldrini has taken a firm stance against "fake news" believing it to lead to forms of hate speech. She has proposed that Facebook be more active in regulating these forms of postings.[3] She has been subjected to hate speech herself both online and in real life for her role in supporting immigrants' and women's rights.[4][5]

Honours and decorations

National Honors

Foreign Honors




  1. ^ a b c d "Profile of Laura Boldrini". The official website of the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Republic.
  2. ^ a b Occurrences on Google.
  3. ^ Wong, Joon Ian. "Top Italian politician Laura Boldrini is calling out Mark Zuckerberg for ignoring hate speech and fake news". Quartz. Retrieved 2017-09-22.
  4. ^ "Meet The Politician Getting Death Threats For Campaigning For Women's Rights In Italy". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  5. ^ "Laura Boldrini". POLITICO. 2017-12-07. Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  6. ^ "Decorations of Laura Boldrini". The official website of the Presidency of the Italian Republic.
  7. ^ (in Italian) [1]. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  8. ^ (in Italian) [2]. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
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  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-10-13. Retrieved 2016-10-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-10-17. Retrieved 2016-10-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)