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Thursday, June 17, 2021
From fake nudes to rape threats: how gendered disinformation is deployed to push women out of politics
For women political leaders, social media had the potential to be a big gamechanger. Often left invisible in the media and lacking access to large financial resources, this was the space where they could overcome traditional barriers and engage with...
Often seen together, likeability and electability is the concept that refers to how a candidate is perceived by a voter and whether or not that voter believes they can win an election. (Lorie Shaull / Flickr)
Tuesday, June 01, 2021
USA: What does “likeability” mean for women in politics?
Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, and I all had better campaign win-loss records than any of the leading men. But the question was never whether a man could be elected. Despite our stronger records, it was always, “Can a woman win...
Ms Craig said the scale of the problem was such that it was not practicable that the new commission would be able to deal with all individual complaints. Photograph: iStock
Friday, May 07, 2021
Online targeting of women politicians and journalists a ‘real concern’ – BAI
Oireachtas committee hears of abuse encountered by public figures online The online targeting of women politicians and women journalists is a matter of “real concern”, the deputy chief executive of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has...
Labor party leader Merav Michaeli at the party's conference ahead of the Israeli elections in Hod Hasharon, March 14, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Can she handle it? How the Israeli media covers women politicians
Women running for the Knesset have to overcome not only voters' gender stereotypes, but a media landscape that is heavily skewed in men's favor. Merav Michaeli, the head of Israel’s Labor Party, only wears black. Omer Yankelevitch of Blue and White...
UNDP side event
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Women Parliamentarians as peacebuilders: displacing hate speech with the discourse of respect
Experience during the pandemic confirms that the deployment by political actors of hate speech in the digital space exponentially promotes real-time political violence, particularly in countries with populist or authoritarian leanings. It acts as a...
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Media's gendered stereotyping was worse for Gillard than Thatcher 30 years earlier, research shows
You might think that with more women entering politics the media would have become less likely to report on the appearance, fashion choices and relationship status of female prime ministers. But research from the Australian National University shows...
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
UK: Why are women less visible during the 2019 election?
Every general election is haunted by the ghosts of campaigns past. The most significant spectre in 2019 has to be Nancy Astor, who on 1 December 1919 was the first woman to take her seat in the House of Commons as an elected member of parliament –...
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...
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, 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...
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, April 16, 2019
Twitter bot tracks abusive tweets against female politicians
Artificial intelligence is tracking the vile comments hurled at female Alberta politicians during the election campaign. “One of the major barriers that women face when they're thinking of running for office, especially lately, is the abuse they...
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Study: Women presidential candidates endure tougher coverage
Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand has drawn some harsh media coverage since launching her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in January – but in that, it seems she's part of a sisterhood. Women candidates for the Democratic nomination are...
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Roundtable: Political empowerment of women through ICTs
The Office of International IDEA to the European Union organized on 7 December 2018, a Roundtable discussion on ”Political empowerment of women through ICTs”, with the support of the Canadian Mission to the European Union. The aim of the event was...
Friday, January 04, 2019
Have we learned nothing from 2016 about how to cover women in politics?
By Michelle Ruiz, No sooner had Elizabeth Warren (all but) announced her 2020 presidential candidacy than the same old sexist narratives began: “How does Warren avoid a Clinton redux—written off as too unlikable before her campaign gets off the...
Friday, December 28, 2018
Nigeria: The role of broadcast media in mobilizing women for political participation
The low rate of female participation in politics compared to that of their male counter- parts in Nigeria creates a need to examine the situation in this study, “The role of broadcast media in mobilizing women for political participation in Nigeria...
Friday, December 28, 2018
Amnesty International: Toxic twitter - a toxic place for women
As the world becomes increasingly connected online, our reliance on social media platforms such as Twitter has also become increasingly important. But the online world, and social media platforms like Twitter are not immune to many of the human...
Friday, December 14, 2018
Enhancing reporting of women in 2019 elections
The need for the media to be gender sensitive in reporting electoral issues ahead of the 2019 general elections and change the negative stereotyping of female politicians, was the pivot of a one-day seminar held in Lagos by the Independent National...

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