Violence Against Women in Politics


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Une infirmière parle avec des femmes rassemblées dans une clinique soutenue par l'UNICEF lors d'une session de sensibilisation à la nutrition à Kandahar, en Afghanistan. © UNICEF/Alessio Romenzi
Monday, January 24, 2022
Bachelet: Women’s participation forging peace worldwide, ‘vastly worse’ post pandemic
With COVID-19, the situation for women human rights defenders and the prospects for women's full participation in building peace, has become “vastly worse”, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Tuesday. Michelle Bachelet was...
Cheri Beasley, a Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, speaks with the owners of Zwelis, a Zimbabwean restaurant, in Durham, N.C., on July 7, 2021.Getty Images file
Monday, January 17, 2022
Black women look to make historic gains in 2022 US midterm elections
Cheri Beasley is well aware of the challenges facing Black women who run for statewide office. “I know what it's like to hear the doubters and those who are skeptical that people of color can't win, because it's not what we're used to or who we...
Kahina Bouhassane, Green Party Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner candidate - More Radio
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Brighton & Hove: politician criticises trolls abusing women in politics
A politician has called for an end to the insults that women receive on social media when they enter the political spotlight. Kahina Bouhassane received a deluge of abuse on social media when she stood as the Green Party’s candidate for Sussex...
Nada al-Jubori, a candidate in Iraq's upcoming parliamentary elections, speaks to her supporters in Baghdad, Iraq September 9, 2021. REUTERS/Charlotte Bruneau
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Braving intimidation, hundreds of Iraqi women run for parliament
BAGHDAD, Sept 16 (Reuters) - A powerful mix of insecurity and traditional prejudice against more liberal female politicians put Awatef Rasheed off running for parliament when she returned to Iraq in 2014 after years abroad. Seven years later, with...
Kate Ellis in Parliament as shadow education minister, 2017.CREDIT:ALEX ELLINGHAUSEN
Monday, April 19, 2021
Book: The shocking lies that reveal the truth about women in politics
Sex, Lies and Question Time Kate Ellis Hardie Grant Books $32.99 By magic and genius commissioning, here is a perfect book for right now (with another one coming), dealing with catastrophic misogyny in the Australian parliament, complete with...
Friday, August 14, 2020
Belarus: Authorities threatening women political activists ahead of election
President Alyaksandr Lukashenka seeking re-election next month for sixth consecutive term. Activists threatened that their children will be taken into state custody, and with sexual violence. ‘These deeply disturbing patterns are no doubt fuelled by...
Thursday, November 07, 2019
Bolivia mayor has hair forcibly cut by crowd of protesters
The mayor of a small town in Bolivia has been attacked by opposition protesters who dragged her through the streets barefoot, covered her in red paint and forcibly cut her hair. Patricia Arce of the governing Mas party was handed over to police in...
Thursday, October 03, 2019
Blood and hope: Women in Afghanistan elections
September elections in Afghanistan were expected to produce the country’s democratic transfer of power and a moral sign of social progress, however, it saw a record low turnout. With a handful of women running for provincial seats, Afghanistan...
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Blue dress and new-look women upstage Italy's macho politicians
Since the unification of Italy in the late 19th Century, the country has had 58 prime ministers - every one a man. No woman has come close to leading this country. Female politicians in Italy have often been used either as decoration or as tokens of...
Friday, June 07, 2019
Breaking the mold: Understanding gender and electoral violence
Women around the world are playing increasingly visible roles in the political processes of their countries as voters, candidates, representatives, protesters, journalists and as civic educators in the home, the community and beyond. However, as...
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Brazil women bring fight against sexism on to political agenda
When a leftwing female congresswoman was described as too ugly to be raped, Manuela D’Avila’s stomach turned. The speaker was Jair Bolsonaro, the Brazilian far rightwing congressman and presidential candidate. That feeling only worsened after the...
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Bullying of women in politics commonplace says Canadian MP
Burlington MP told online she was 'a traitor to the country' and should abort unborn baby after announcing pregnancy. When a social media user decided to post a derogatory comment to Pam Damoff’s Twitter page, rather than brushing it off and...
Friday, February 12, 2016
Breaking Barriers to Justice: Ending Violence against Women in the Americas
In the framework of International Women’s Day 2016, the Mission of the United States to the Organization of American States (OAS), the Mission of Canada to the OAS and the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the OAS have partnered to...
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Bomb Attack in Eastern Afghanistan Kills Female Politician
A popular female politician in east Afghanistan, Angiza Shinwari, died in hospital on Monday following a bomb attack on her vehicle last week, Afghan officials said, underscoring the growing dangers for women in the government. To read the full...
Beijing+20 Gender Equality Champion Mallika Sarabhai
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Beijing+20 Gender Equality Champion Mallika Sarabhai
Internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer, writer, actor and activist, Mallika Sarabhai calls herself a "communicator". Through her art and activism, and in her message for #Beijing20, she stresses that it's time to break the silence about...
Women in Rwanda
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Background Information on Sexual Violence used as a Tool of War, Rwanda
"Sexual violence in conflict needs to be treated as the war crime that it is; it can no longer be treated as an unfortunate collateral damage of war." — UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Ms. Zainab Hawa Bangura The victims of...
Monday, March 10, 2014
Bolivian women battle against culture of harassment
Two years after the murder of an outspoken female councillor ushered in new legislation outlawing political violence against women in Bolivia, campaigners say a culture of harassment remains, as Paula Dear reports from La Paz. Juana Quispe's...