Violence Against Women in Politics


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Two new women MPs have been elected in Papua New Guinea, and 10 others were in the top five in the seats they contested. Image: Lesley Clark/DevPolicy
Friday, August 26, 2022
Women – just two – back in PNG’s Parliament but more needs doing
The results of the 2022 Papua New Guinea elections confirm that women will once again sit in PNG’s Parliament — after a hiatus of five years. The 2022 elections were therefore not exactly a repeat of the 2017 elections for women candidates, but much...
Students graduating from Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Nigeria. Credit: Rajmund Dabrowski/ANN.
Wednesday, July 06, 2022
“We copy it from them”: How campus politics sets scene for big man politics in Nigeria
Nigeria has one of the lowest rates of female political representation in the world. This culture is established and reinforced early. One morning before heading to university, Esther Binkap, 21, looked at herself in the mirror and asked herself if...
Friday, July 24, 2020
‘Expect sexism’: a gender politics expert reads Julia Gillard’s Women and Leadership
Why are there so few women at the top levels of politics? This question is at the centre of the new book, Women and Leadership, co-authored by Australia’s first woman prime minister, Julia Gillard, and former Nigerian finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-...
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Women with a #MeToo complaint are being silenced for the sake of politics
By Gaby Hinsliff, Life moves fast in this general election. There seems barely time to digest one scandal before the next is upon us; disgraced candidate follows shady accusation without a break. But just occasionally, it’s worth rewinding for a...
Friday, May 10, 2019
Another barrier for women in politics in Canada: Violence
Despite Canada’s self-proclaimed feminist prime minister and gender parity in the federal cabinet, Canada falls well short when it comes to women’s representation in federal politics. Canada has just 27 per cent women in its Parliament and currently...
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Violence, resistance and commitment to peace define the situation of Kurdish women today
Judith Prat, documentary photographer, has recently published an article on the sustained political struggle of Kurdish women. The article builds upon an interview with Cemile Akgun (vid. Photo) from the association “Mothers for Peace”. After the...
Thursday, June 12, 2014
UN Egypt calls for firm stand on violence against women
The United Nations in Egypt has been following with deep concern the recent reports and statistics indicating the high prevalence of sexual harassment in Egypt. The UN calls upon authorities, civil society and stakeholders to join forces and take a...
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Uneven Playing Field for Saudi Women in Local Elections?
Saudi women will have the chance for the first time next year to vote and run in the municipal elections, but they are possibly facing an uneven playing field. The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs on Tuesday announced the rules and...
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Taliban wound Afghan female senator in ambush
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban ambushed a convoy of a female Afghan senator on Wednesday, seriously wounding her in the attack and killing her 8-year-old daughter and a bodyguard, officials said. Senator Rouh Gul Khirzad's husband, son and...