Violence Against Women in Politics

 

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Thursday, January 23, 2020
Indian women lawmakers face abuse as global online violence rises
Nearly 100 Indian women politicians faced abuse, including rape and death threats, on social media during elections last year, with researchers on Thursday raising concerns over rising online violence against women globally. A study by Amnesty...
Thursday, January 09, 2020
How to put a stop to election-related sexual violence in Kenya
Institutional weaknesses undermine the prevention of and response to sexual violence during electoral periods in Kenya, according to a new report published by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Physicians...
Friday, December 27, 2019
In progressive Taiwan, sexist slurs mar presidential election
Taiwan has forged a reputation as Asia’s most progressive democracy, and it boasts a higher proportion of women in parliament than anywhere else in the region — yet misogynistic insults have littered its presidential race. The campaign for the Jan....
Friday, December 20, 2019
I am Generation Equality: Francy Jaramillo Piedrahita, human rights defender and peacebuilder
Billions of people across the world stand on the right side of history every day. They speak up, take a stand, mobilize, and take big and small actions to advance women’s rights. This is Generation Equality. I am Generation Equality because… In...
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Guidelines for the elimination of sexism, harassment and violence against women in parliament
These guidelines offer advice and practical information for parliamentarians and parliamentary staff on how to transform parliaments into gender-sensitive environments free from sexism and abuse.  Click here to listen the guidelines.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
IPU publishes new guidelines to eliminate sexism and harassment in parliament
On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the IPU has published a comprehensive set of guidelines to combat sexual harassment and violence against women in parliament. The guidelines offer advice and...
Friday, December 13, 2019
Women under attack
In recent years, a rising tide of women’s activism has swept across the world. Online and on the streets, millions of women have raised their voices and called for action against systemic abuse, harassment, and discrimination. This activism has...
Friday, December 06, 2019
Threats and abuse change how female candidates campaign in U.K. election
By Megan Specia, The campaign office is deliberately inconspicuous — tucked above a salon through an unmarked doorway in a 1970s-era shopping center. There are no campaign posters in the windows. Two cameras are trained on the entrance. The door...
Thursday, December 05, 2019
Politicians in the line of fire: Incivility and the treatment of women on social
A seemingly inescapable feature of the digital age is that people choosing to devote their lives to politics must now be ready to face a barrage of insults and disparaging comments targeted at them through social media. This article represents an...
Thursday, December 05, 2019
Online participation of female politicians in Pakistan's General Elections 2018
This research report seaks to analyze the use of social media during the 2018 General Election in Pakistan. The report focuses on online participation and harassement of female politicians along with issues pertinent to elections in the digital age...
Thursday, December 05, 2019
Votes without violence
Around the world, women are targeted by violence because of their commitment to vote, their jobs as electoral officials and their aspirations to hold political office. NDI categorizes this kind of violence as “violence against women in elections” (...
Thursday, December 05, 2019
Tweets that chill: Analyzing online violence against women in politics
In the three case study countries (Colombia, Indonesia, Kenya), NDI's Gender, Women, and Democracy team worked with women in politics, those in  civic technology and women’s rights organizations to develop a way to examine the country specific...
Friday, November 29, 2019
Women MPs in Westminster need more than a hashtag campaign to fight misogyny
By Ruhi Khan, A hundred years ago, on November 28 1919, Nancy Astor was elected and became the first woman Member of Parliament to take up her seat and enter Westminster. A hundred years later, in a series of shocking revelations, more and more...
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
UN special rapporteur calls on PH govt to protect Filipina women in politics
The United Nations special rapporteur on ending violence against women is calling on the Philippine government to protect Filipino women in politics against verbal attacks coming from high-level politicians. Dubravka Šimonović, in a press conference...
Monday, November 18, 2019
Punched, stalked and harassed women abandon UK politics over safety fears
She had just finished taking photographs outside the picturesque Bourne Mill in Colchester, Essex, and was looking at her phone when the first blow came. By the time she looked up the male assailant was running away. "He punched me three times in...
Monday, November 18, 2019
Women running for office have to worry about one more thing: Their phones
For groups training the next generation of women in politics, the main message is: Do not post. Anything. It’s not fair. It’s not the same for men. But anything you post will be fair game. The young women in the room knew the story of the California...
Friday, November 15, 2019
Social media a double-edged sword for female politicians
On Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren's Facebook page, you can find videos ranging from an announcement in Des Moines, Iowa, that her campaign has reached $2 million in donations to one with the Massachusetts senator looking into the...
Friday, November 15, 2019
Women running for office have to worry about one more thing: Their phones
For groups training the next generation of women in politics, the main message is: Do not post. Anything. It’s not fair. It’s not the same for men. But anything you post will be fair game. The young women in the room knew the story of the California...