Violence Against Women in Politics


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Friday, October 18, 2019
Violence sows fear among women ahead of Colombia local elections
Pereira, Colombia - Luz Polo was at a campaign event when she said a man sent by criminal groups broke down the doors of her home in the small western Colombian city of Pereira. After receiving death threats two weeks prior for campaigning on a...
Friday, October 18, 2019
Record number of new cases of persecuted parliamentarians in the world
At the 141st IPU Assembly in Belgrade, Serbia, IPU Member Parliaments condemned human rights violations against a record number of new cases of abused MPs. The IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians, the only international body with...
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Parity debate on the theme #NotInMyParliament at Inter-Parliamentary Union 141st Assembly
Following on from the IPU’s groundbreaking work on violence against women in politics, a parity debate on the theme #NotInMyParliament will examine strategies to end sexist harassment and gender-based violence in parliament. A workshop on quotas...
Tuesday, October 08, 2019
Global feminist collaborations and the concept of violence against women in politics
Violence against women in politics is increasingly recognized around the world as a significant barrier to women’s political participation. This article maps how the concept emerged globally, arguing that it has multiple, parallel origins: efforts...
Thursday, October 03, 2019
'Based in hatred': Violence against women standing in Colombia's elections
The body of mayoral candidate Karina García was found shot and incinerated in her car in the Cauca department of southern Colombia, on 1 September. For weeks, García had reported receiving threats and asked the government for increased protection...
Thursday, October 03, 2019
Blood and hope: Women in Afghanistan elections
September elections in Afghanistan were expected to produce the country’s democratic transfer of power and a moral sign of social progress, however, it saw a record low turnout. With a handful of women running for provincial seats, Afghanistan...
Friday, September 27, 2019
'Abuse is virtually constant': UK female MPs speak about the threats they face
Boris Johnson on Wednesday night sparked a tide of criticism by dismissing suggestions that his rhetoric was dangerous in the current climate and claiming the best way to honour the memory of murdered MP Jo Cox was to “get Brexit done”. The Guardian...
Friday, September 20, 2019
New Council of Europe action against sexism
In March 2019, the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers adopted a new Recommendation on Preventing and Combating Sexism. Not only does this text contain the first ever internationally agreed definition of sexism, but it also proposes a set of...
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Social media and elections: Helpful or hurtful to women?
Erin Schrode, who was running for Congress in her Northern California district in 2016, reports that while she was running, she would wake up each morning to countless abusive messages on her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Erin Schrode is far from...
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Blue dress and new-look women upstage Italy's macho politicians
Since the unification of Italy in the late 19th Century, the country has had 58 prime ministers - every one a man. No woman has come close to leading this country. Female politicians in Italy have often been used either as decoration or as tokens of...
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Does exposure to gender role models increase women’s political ambition? A field experiment with politicians
There is a persistent gender gap in motivations to run for political office. While exposure to role models is widely believed to increase women’s political ambition, there is little field experimental evidence on whether exposure to female...
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Women in politics deterred by structural barriers, study finds
Issues around sexism and work-life balance contribute to the dearth of women in politics, a new study has found. The study, conducted by researchers at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the University of Zurich and...
Thursday, August 22, 2019
Trolled online, women in politics fight to hold big tech accountable in the U.K.
Lisa Cameron is a member of the British Parliament. She's also a victim, and survivor, of online trolls. Cameron was new to politics in 2015, when she was elected in East Kilbride, Scotland. She'd been a clinical psychologist, a wife, a mom, and a...
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Zuleika Hassan: Kenyan MP with baby ordered to leave parliament
Female MPs have walked out of Kenya's parliament in solidarity with a colleague who was ordered to leave because she had taken her baby. Zuleika Hassan said she had brought her five-month-old baby with her to work because of a domestic emergency and...
Monday, August 12, 2019
The Role of Political Parties in Promoting Women in Politics
Background In most countries, political parties are the primary and most effective structure through which women become politically engaged and get elected. Political parties’ practices, policies, and values can have a deep impact on women’s...
Thursday, August 01, 2019
Silvia Dinica
Silvia Dinica is a Member of Parliament of Romania. This interview was conducted in October 2018 in the margins of IPU’s 139th Assembly in Geneva.
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Fourteenth Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians
This Workshop will bring together scholars and parliamentarians in order to discuss research findings which are likely to be of practical use to parliamentarians. Following the practice of recent Workshops, there will be a concluding plenary session...
Monday, July 15, 2019
A web of abuse: How the far right disproportionately targets female politicians
Abuse of female politicians is rife online - and much of it is being directed by established far-right groups and figures, a Newsnight investigation has found. Female politicians across Europe have been targeted with threatening and misogynist...