Violence Against Women in Politics

 

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Sexism, harassment and violence against women in parliaments in Europe
This regional study seeks to take the initial findings of a 2016 IPU report further, focusing specifically on the situation in parliaments in Europe. It is the result of close collaboration between the IPU and the Parliamentary Assembly of the...
Wednesday, October 03, 2018
UNGA 2018: Side Event on Ending Violence Against Women in Politics
Violence against women in politics is a worldwide phenomenon. From polls to parliaments, the range of experiences of women in public life is rife with psychological, physical and sexual violence, both online and offline. These attacks are not simply...
Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women
In the present report, the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences analyses the issue of violence against women in politics, including in parliament and elections, and outlines her conclusion and recommendations on...
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Women in Mexico face increasing violence—will a wave of women in government change that?
By Oscar López, Ever since she was a young girl growing up in the rough suburbs of Mexico City, Citlalli Hernández had big political dreams. “I always thought that something was wrong with the country, that I had to do something to transform it,”...
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
NGO seeks to end violence against women in politics in Nigeria
The Executive Director of Hope for Family Development Initiative(HFDI), Mr Aremu Stephen has called for an end to violence against women in politics. He said this in Osogbo, Osun State capital while addressing a press conference on behalf of the...
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Violence against women in politics: Expert group meeting report and recommendations
UN Women, the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR), and the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences (Special Rapporteur), in collaboration with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the...
Monday, October 01, 2018
It's time to address sexual violence in political institutions in Canada
Young women are entering political institutions at high rates; however, this does not translate into the number of women candidates, elected officials, or in senior leadership within political institutions. More than 80% of young women with a median...
Friday, September 28, 2018
Women politicians in Bolivia face increasing harassment and violence
Bolivia is one of only two democracies in the world – the other is Rwanda – where there are more women in congress than men. But as women gain more political power, they’re also becoming the target of violent attacks from those opposed to change....
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
John McDonnell: I hope Labour's next leader will be female
John McDonnell said he wanted a woman to become the next leader of the Labour party, a day after senior party figures were accused of failing to take allegations of sexual harassment seriously enough. The shadow chancellor defended Labour’s record...
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
For female candidates, harassment and threats come every day
Four days before the 2016 congressional primary in her Northern California district, Erin Schrode woke up to tens of thousands of messages. They were everywhere: in her email, on her cellphone, on her Facebook and her Twitter and her Instagram. “All...
Monday, August 27, 2018
As women's roles expand in Bolivian politics, so do attacks
By Paola Flores, Associated Press Few countries in the world have advanced so quickly toward gender parity in politics as has Bolivia, where women now hold almost half the seats in congress and laws mandate gender equality at lower levels too. But...
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Saudi Arabia may execute first female political activist
Human rights activists are campaigning to save the life of the first woman in Saudi Arabia to be sentenced to death over her political activism.  Israa al-Ghomgham, 29, was arrested along with her husband Moussa al-Hashem in December 2015 for their...
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Violence against women in elections in Zimbabwe: An IFES assessment
In July 30, Zimbabwean citizens head to the polls for general elections. Candidates are competing for the presidency and seats in the National Assembly, Senate, Provincial Councils, and urban and rural authorities. Former President Robert Mugabe...
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Violence against women in elections in Haiti: An IFES assessment
Women comprise almost 53 percent of the population in Haiti. Yet, this numeric majority does not translate into effective political representation. Only three seats out of the 119 in the Chamber of Deputies are currently occupied by women. In the...
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
UK: Parliament harassment plans fall short of staff hopes
Is the Westminster harassment and bullying scandal nearing its endpoint? Is there a plan out there that will bring Parliament out of the stone age as a workplace? A working group is about to report on the proposed new scheme that will govern what...
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Video project: “Mapping Gender-Based Political Harassment: Parliamentarians speak out.”
Gender based political violence and harassment is a prevalent challenge expressed by women parliamentarians across the hemisphere. To illustrate the magnitude of the problem and the shared objective of political actors in fighting for its...
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Can men help break Kenyan women's exclusion?
The women-led movement of GROOTS Kenya is supporting women candidates – including by providing them with bodyguards and volunteer support in the form of Humphrey Muriuki Ngaine and his ‘male champions’. Hannah O’Neill and Louise Donovan report from...
Monday, June 25, 2018
New laws needed urgently to tackle online violence against women and girls, says UN rights expert
States around the world must act urgently to introduce new legislation to stamp out online and information and communications technology (ICT) facilitated violence against women and girls, which is yet another way in which their human rights are...