Violence Against Women in Politics


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Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Violence against women in politics
Violence against women in politics involves a broad range of harms to attack and undermine women as political actors. Its central motivation is to exclude women as a group from public life. Click here to see the database.
Monday, March 09, 2020
e-Discussion on Online Violence Against Women in Politics
The United Kingdom’s Health Secretary is one of many political figures that recently expressed their dismay at the number of women Members of Parliament (MPs) who renounced standing for re-election to Parliament and decided to leave politics after...
Thursday, February 27, 2020
80% of Arab women parliamentarians have experienced gendered violence
A study by the Network of Arab Women Parliamentarians for Equality (Ra’Edat) on the scale of violence against women parliamentarians in the Arab world found that 79.6% were exposed to one or more forms of violence. Ra’Edat surveyed a sample of 370...
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Teres Lindberg
Teres Lindberg is a Member of Parliament from Sweden. This interview was conducted in October 2019 in the margins of the the 141st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Belgrad.
Friday, February 21, 2020
Election boycott by female political prisoners held in Evin prison in Iran
Female political prisoners held in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison wrote in a statement: "It is up to us to leave their elections for themselves and remain in the real square of popular elections. Anyone who goes to the polls, his/her fingerprint will...
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
How to ensure election-related sexual violence never happens again
In the aftermath of the 2007-08 post-election violence, the Commission of Inquiry into the Post-Election Violence (Waki Commission) documented more than 900 sexual violence cases perpetrated by security agents and civilians against women, girls, men...
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...