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 powerful gender-based disincentive to political participation, activism, and leadership at precisely the time when more diversity and inclusion is needed. In response, women champions of peace and inclusion within parliaments - and their male allies - are creating their own modalities for online engagement, brokering new partnerships for inclusive public debate to displace hate speech with the discourse of respect.
- Ms. Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, former UNDP Administrator and Patron of the Helen Clark Foundation
- Vice-Speaker Aida Kasymalieva MP, Supreme Council, Kyrgyzstan
- Kasthuriraani Patto MP, Dewan Rakyat, Malaysia
- Phumzile Van Damme MP, National Assembly, Republic of South Africa
- Marija Blagojevic, Women’s Political Network, Montenegro
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