Violence against women in elections in Papua New Guinea: An IFES assessment

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June 7, 2019

Violence against women in elections in Papua New Guinea: 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.

Elections in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are characterized by violence and tribal politics that contribute to a high prevalence of violence against women in elections (VAWE). A new report from the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) assesses VAWE in PNG following the 2017 national elections, drawing on fieldwork, research and IFES’ experiences operating in PNG. The analysis is organized into three key factors that influence the incidence and impact of VAWE:

  • Status of Papua New Guinean 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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