Violence Against Women in Politics
Many women face exclusion, discrimination, harassment and acts of psychological and physical violence when they join politics. A 2016 study by the Inter-parliamentary Union shows that 82% of women MPs surveyed experienced acts of psychological violence, including threats of death, rape, beatings and abduction. Sixty-five percent received humiliating sexual or sexist remarks and 25% have been subjected to acts of physical violence. Click here to read the report.
The Sustainable Development Goals have put a global spotlight on the commitments of all countries to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls (SDG Target 5.2) and ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life (SDG Target 5.5).
Read our e-Discussion Summary on violence against women in politics to learn how you can join the movement to end it: