Violence Against Women in Politics

 

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Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga arrives for the Azimio la Umoja at the Moi International Sports Centre in Kasarani, Nairobi, Kenya, December 10, 2021 [File: Baz Ratner/Reuters]
Wednesday, August 03, 2022
Ahead of Kenya elections, female politicians face abuse, attacks
Dozens of female candidates have been physically assaulted while campaigning ahead of the August 9 elections in Kenya. Liz Njue, a Kenyan psychologist who wanted to stand for a county assembly seat, had just arrived to vote in her party primary when...
Esther Passaris, women's representative for Nairobi for the Orange Democratic Movement, on the campaign trail in this undated picture. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Photo Courtesy: Esther Passaris
Monday, July 25, 2022
Ahead of Kenya elections, women politicians face more online abuse
Women MPs like Esther Passaris face threats, slurs and body-shaming on social media ahead of Aug. 9 vote. Online abuse included sexual imagery and public shaming Some women candidates abandon social media due to abuse Social media platforms,...
Australia: Our new parliament will have record numbers of women – will this finally make it a safe place to work? (Picture: Diego Fedele/ AAP)
Friday, June 03, 2022
Australia: Our new parliament will have record numbers of women – will this finally make it a safe place to work?
The 2022 federal election was a win for women candidates, and a historic moment in Australia’s journey towards a parliament that truly endorses and promotes gender equality in all its work. At this stage of counting, it looks as though the House of...
Australia: Liberals forget that women vote and have paid the price (IMAGE: AAP/LUKAS COCH)
Wednesday, June 01, 2022
Australia: Liberals forget that women vote and have paid the price
Professional women make up the largest voter cohort in Australia and their role was vital in giving Scott Morrison the boot. It appears the Coalition misjudged just how many women there are in Australia. Women hold the slim majority of 51% of the...
Australia: Young women are turning their backs on political careers at alarming rate, new research suggests - Women’s Agenda
Monday, May 16, 2022
Australia: Young women are turning their backs on political careers at alarming rate, new research suggests
Young women aren’t feeling any more optimistic about our parliamentary landscape, opportunities to build a career in politics or their safety, new research has found. The report, conducted by Plan International Australia and YouGov, found that 60...
Australia: Represent us! - Plan International Australia
Monday, May 16, 2022
Australia: Represent us!
Plan International Australia, in collaboration with YouGov, conducted a poll with a representative online sample of 1,034 Australian young women aged between 18 and 24 to gauge their views on the culture and diversity of representation in Australian...
Hisila Yami being interviewed by AP about a Maoist garbage removal program in Thamel, Kathmandu, October 8, 2010. Credit: Wikimedia Commons/ Neil Horning
Friday, May 13, 2022
A long way to go for gender equality in Nepali politics
Nepal has progressive laws and quotas for women’s representation in politics, but patriarchy and gender discrimination run deep and influence the decisions of parties. On April 28, misogyny in Nepal’s politics and society was on full display during...
Albania: Violence against women in politics - UNDP
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Albania: Violence against women in politics
The Study "Violence Against Women in Politics" is commissioned by the UNDP Albania, in partnership with the People's Advocate and the Commissioner for Protection from Discrimination and it is conducted in the context of the UN Joint Programme "...
A protest with the slogan ‘Solidarity; For Women, With Women’, was organized by human rights groups and activists in 2021 in Tirana. Photo: BIRN
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Albanian women in politics still suffering violence, study finds
A study conducted by the UNDP and Albanian partners, published on Wednesday, shows that women in Albanian politics still face routine discrimination, abuse and offensive language. The findings of a study on “Violence against women in politics”,...
Addressing online misogyny and gendered disinformation: A how-to guide - NDI
Thursday, March 17, 2022
Addressing online misogyny and gendered disinformation: A how-to guide
The internet is a tool that can simplify and encourage democratic engagement, but the rise of online disinformation challenges even the world’s most robust democracies. While the most recognizable disinformation campaigns are related to national...
Seminar held in Niger / African parliaments talk openly about sexism - Credits: IPU
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
African parliaments talk openly about sexism
Following the publication of the IPU’s regional study on Sexism, harassment and violence against women in parliaments in Africa, many African parliaments accepted the IPU’s call to amplify the findings of the study and talk about sexism with the...
A Non Una Di Meno (Not One Woman Less) march in Rome, Italy, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Nov. 24, 2018. (Camelia Boban / Wikimedia Commons)
Monday, January 17, 2022
Attacks on Women in Politics Are on the Rise Around the World
Amid a well-documented deluge of online abuse, new data and research from the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) show that physical violence targeting women in politics is also increasing in most regions of the world, creating...
Australia’s independents: the women aiming to shake up parliament- Credit: Depositphotos
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Australia’s independents: the women aiming to shake up parliament
Earlier this year, following a string of attacks on women in the Australian Parliament House in Canberra, both verbal and physical, a popular female TV host asked rhetorically whether the easiest place in the country to rape a woman is in Parliament...
Former political staffer Brittany Higgins inspired others to come forward with allegations - Getty Images/BBC
Thursday, December 02, 2021
Australian parliament: one in three workers sexually harassed, says report
A third of employees in Australia's federal parliament have been sexually harassed, a landmark report has found. The report was commissioned after a former staffer, Brittany Higgins, said she had been raped by a colleague in a minister's office....
(Copyright: Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash)
Thursday, November 25, 2021
Advocates worry online misogyny will keep women out of office
Advocates are worried that rising online misogyny will leave more women unwilling to run for office, a concern highlighted by a video posted by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) showing him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). Although Gosar’s...
The Signal
Tuesday, August 03, 2021
Australian politics, as told by women
Parliament's gender problem is as old as the institution itself. Today on The Signal, a story of an alleged workplace assault in the 80s that's never been publicly heard before. What does it reveal about that world then, and now? We speak with the...
WATCH: The resignation of a former cabinet minister now puts the Liberal Party in Nova Scotia in a minority situation. The impact of that all depends on if the legislature is recalled before an election is held. But the resignation, which comes after alle
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Allegations of misogyny in premier’s office could impact recruitment of female candidates
The recent resignation of a former cabinet minster puts the Nova Scotia Liberals in a minority situation, with just 24 seats in the 51-seat legislature. Margaret Miller submitted her resignation effective June 3 on Friday. “I think ultimately the...
FILE PHOTO: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrives at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan, November 17, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File Photo
Friday, April 16, 2021
Australia to scrap harassment exemption for judges and politicians
SYDNEY (Reuters) -Australia will scrap exemptions for judges and politicians from sexual harassment laws, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday, as his government struggles to contain a backlash over allegations of mistreatment of female...

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