Women MPs reveal death threats, bullying and harassment

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Women MPs reveal death threats, bullying and harassment

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Women MPs discuss bullying, harassment and other misconduct during a public panel discussion to mark 125 years of suffrage.

Labour’s Ruth Dyson spoke about receiving death threats, as did the Greens’ Golriz Ghahraman, who remembered someone saying: “It’s time to load our shotguns.” New Zealand First’s Jenny Marcroft was at a politicians’ dinner where she was told to take her top off.

Women MPs spoke about bullying, harassment and other misconduct during a public panel discussion on ‘125 Years of Suffrage: Reflections on Women in New Zealand Politics – Past, Present and Future’ as part of the 2018 New Zealand Political Studies Association Conference at Victoria University of Wellington.

An external review of bullying and harassment of MPs and staff at Parliament, ordered by Speaker Trevor Mallard, is currently under way, as is an internal review by the National Party in the wake of allegations against its former MP Jami-Lee Ross.

During the panel discussion, National MP Jo Hayes, co-chair of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians New Zealand group, talked about “the issues that have been going on”.

Click here to read the full article published by News Room on 12 December 2018.

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