Violence Against Women in Politics


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A woman queues to vote on the Rai coast in Madang, Papua New Guinea. Female candidate Kessy Sawang says: ‘Women shy away from running for elections because of this mindset that it is for men only.’ Photograph: Godfreeman Kaptigau/The Guardian
Tuesday, August 02, 2022
‘Enough is enough’: the fight to elect women to Papua New Guinea’s men-only parliament
In nearly 50 years, PNG has elected just seven female MPs. Money, culture and corruption are all working against the women trying to address the problem. When she first tried for a seat in the Papua New Guinea parliament in 2017, Rufina Peter was a...
‘It can be done’: how a strong female crossbench could challenge Australian politics - The Guardian
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
‘It can be done’: How a strong female crossbench could challenge Australian politics
By Jo Dyer As disillusionment with the Morrison government grows, a new generation of independents is emerging to run against the system itself. The event’s lineup was formidable and the audience at the 2021 Sydney writers’ festival was expectant:...
‘We are struggling’: two former officials at Afghan women’s affairs ministry. Credits: The Guardian
Monday, January 17, 2022
‘We are struggling’: two former officials at Afghan women’s affairs ministry
Gul Bano* and Karima* are activists who ran provincial branches of the ministry of women’s affairs in two different parts of Afghanistan. Their former offices have been taken over by the Taliban’s feared enforcers, the ministry for the promotion of...
Photograph: David Mareuil/AP. Japan’s prime minister, Fumio Kishida (front centre), poses with his cabinet in Tokyo. The LDP is fielding just 33 female candidates in elections this month.
Thursday, October 28, 2021
‘It is bullying, pure and simple’: being a woman in Japanese politics
Harassment is common for women who run for office and female MPs comprise just 9.9% of lower house. Mari Yasuda has come to dread checking her social media accounts. While a TV programme has tipped the candidate as “one to watch” in Japan’s general...
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen: “I felt hurt and left alone: as a woman and as a European.” Photograph: Olivier Hoslet
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
‘It happened because I am a woman’: von der Leyen speaks of Turkey snub
European Commission president blames sexism for second-rank treatment in Ankara The first female president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has blamed sexism for an incident in which she was left without a chair on a diplomatic...
Victoria Parliament
Thursday, February 18, 2021
‘We can’t leave parliaments to men’: Leading in Spring Street
Ask every female politician in the Victorian Parliament and they will most likely have that one story. There’s the young mother who was reprimanded for wearing black skinny jeans in the Legislative Assembly (“it was one less thing I needed to iron...
Friday, July 24, 2020
‘I Am Someone’s Daughter, Too’: Ocasio-Cortez, House Democrats Call Out ‘Culture’ Of Sexism In Congress
Over a dozen House Democrats, led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), took to the House floor on Thursday to call out a “culture” of sexism in Congress following an incident in which Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) was overheard calling Ocasio-Cortez...
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
‘We don’t have bodyguards, we are completely vulnerable’: female MPs on the fears they face
Paula Sherriff tries her best not to be paranoid, or let it get in the way of her work as an MP. But, ever since her friend and colleague Jo Cox was murdered in the street a few miles from where Sherriff lives, she has found threats of violence...