Violence against women in elections in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville: An IFES assessment

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June 7, 2019

Violence against women in elections in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville: An IFES assessment

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Violence against women in politics is a substantial threat to the integrity of the electoral process, affecting women’s participation as voters, candidates, election officials, activists and political party leaders and undermining free, fair and inclusive democratic processes.

While women in Bougainville, an autonomous region within Papua New Guinea (PNG), have greater access to politics and decision-making than their counterparts in other parts of PNG, they still face significant challenges as they seek to participate in the electoral process. A new report from the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) assesses violence against women in elections (VAWE) in Bougainville following the 2015 Autonomous Bougainville Government elections and 2017 PNG national elections, drawing on fieldwork, research and IFES’ experiences operating in Bougainville. The analysis is organized into three key factors that influence the incidence and impact of VAWE:

  • Status of Bougainvillean women;
  • Their access to election processes; and
  • Incidents of, trends and triggers for VAWE.

Click here to see the report.

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Author: 
Alison Dyer, Dr. Gabrielle Bardall and Terry Ann Rogers
Publication year: 
April 2019
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