Violence against women in politics case study: United Kingdom

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June 22, 2018

Violence against women in politics case study: United Kingdom

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Violence against women (VAW) is a scourge on any society. This paper considers the myriad ways in which this behaviour affects the participation and experiences of women in political life in the United Kingdom. It gives a brief overview of VAW in the general UK population (including the legislative context), before moving on to discuss the prominence of women in UK political life, the role of political parties and parliament, and the experiences of female politicians and activists who have agreed to be interviewed. The paper concludes with recommendations concerning how different actors can come together to counter this worrying behaviour.

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Westminster Foundation for Democracy
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