Violence against women in politics: IFES submission to the OHCHR Special Rapporteur

June 7, 2019

Violence against women in politics: IFES submission to the OHCHR Special Rapporteur


For over three decades, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has worked to advance good governance and support all citizens’ rights to participate in credible elections. We recognize that violence against women in politics is a substantial threat to the integrity of the electoral process – it can affect women’s participation as voters, candidates, election officials, activists, and political party leaders, and it undermines the free, fair, and inclusive democratic processes.

IFES works to document, prevent, and end violence against women in politics through our projects on four continents and through our cutting-edge research. We share this commitment across the world, and both men and women at IFES work to increase awareness about the issue and to instigate action to address it.

This submission in response to the call issued by the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its Causes and Consequences demonstrates our commitment to combat violence against women in politics. It identifies the many forms of violence against women worldwide and understand how this violence – be it physical or other – contributes to the under-representation and political disempowerment of women worldwide. The SRVAW may also gain insight into the many routes national and international partners can take to support women and reduce the obstacles they face to access justice and effect political change. With our work on gender inclusiveness around the world, IFES prioritizes the empowerment of women and girls as a crucial component of healthy and resilient democracies.

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Dr. Gabrielle Bardall
Publication year: 
May 2018
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