Violence Against Women in Politics

 

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A protester with a fake arrest warrant in Christchurch. GettyImages
Tuesday, April 05, 2022
From "pretty communist" to '"Jabcinda": What’s behind the vitriol directed at Jacinda Ardern?
With recent polling showing National edging ahead of Labour for the first time in two years, Jacinda Ardern’s previously strong support has eroded rapidly since winning a remarkable outright majority at the 2020 general election. But the dip in...
MP Amina Mohamed Abdi, who was an outspoken critic of the government, died while campaigning in Beledweyne, central Somalia Photograph: Feisal Omar/Reuters
Monday, March 28, 2022
Female opposition MP among dozens killed in Somalia bombings
Al-Shabaab claim responsibility for attacks, including that which killed Amina Mohamed Abdi in run-up to elections this week. A “fearless” Somali female MP was among dozens of people killed in a series of bomb attacks in rural Somalia on Wednesday....
Alice Coffin (à gauche), conseillère écologiste de Paris et Sylvia Casalino (à droite), ingénieure en aérospatiale, lors d'une manifestation #MeToo Politique, le 25 novembre à Paris. (Cha Gonzalez/Libération)
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
France: An observatory of sexist and sexual violence in politics
The presidential campaign in sight. To fight against physical and psychological violence against women, the feminists behind the #MeTooPolitique movement announced on Monday February 21 the launch of an observatory on gender-based and sexual...
Socialist Anne Hidalgo (left), Republican Valerie Pécresse (center) and far-right leader Marine Le Pen are all in the running - Credits: DW
Monday, January 31, 2022
France: women candidates for presidency highlight politics' sexism problem
France has never had a woman as president. With a number of female candidates in the election race this time, could that finally change? Challenges range from a #MeToo campaign to an "invisible" barrier to the top job. Last week, Valerie Pecresse,...
Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin poses during an interview with Reuters at her official residence, Kesaranta, in Helsinki, Finland January 19, 2022. REUTERS/Essi Lehto
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Finland's PM says young female government has been target of hate speech
Prime Minister Sanna Marin of Finland says she and her fellow young female ministers have been targeted with extensive hate speech for their gender and appearance while in office. "We can see that when you are young and female the hate speech that...
La Prensa Latina
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Female politicians call for women’s rights in 1st conference under Taliban
Kabul, Sep 19 (EFE).- Female politicians in Afghanistan on Sunday held their first press conference under the new Taliban regime, where they called for the restoration of women’s rights to education and work. The conference, attended by 150 women,...
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Thursday, June 17, 2021
From fake nudes to rape threats: how gendered disinformation is deployed to push women out of politics
For women political leaders, social media had the potential to be a big gamechanger. Often left invisible in the media and lacking access to large financial resources, this was the space where they could overcome traditional barriers and engage with...
Senator Leila de Lima of the Philippines has been stuck in jail since 2017, after opening an investigation into the murders of thousands of alleged drug dealers and users under the Duterte administration. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
Friday, January 08, 2021
For women in politics globally, the job can mean abuse, jail or death
In the early afternoon of May 13, 2020, Joana Mamombe, a member of parliament in Zimbabwe, was seized by security officers after she participated in a pop-up protest, demanding aid for the poor during the Covid pandemic. She and two other rights...
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Fourteenth Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians
This Workshop will bring together scholars and parliamentarians in order to discuss research findings which are likely to be of practical use to parliamentarians. Following the practice of recent Workshops, there will be a concluding plenary session...
Friday, December 14, 2018
Fawzia Zainal elected first woman Speaker of Bahraini parliament
Bahrain’s parliament made history on Wednesday when it elected MP Fawzia Zainal as its first female Speaker of the Council of Representatives. Zainal, who won 25 votes from the 40-member lower house chamber, became the second woman to head a...
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
For female candidates, harassment and threats come every day
Four days before the 2016 congressional primary in her Northern California district, Erin Schrode woke up to tens of thousands of messages. They were everywhere: in her email, on her cellphone, on her Facebook and her Twitter and her Instagram. “All...
Friday, June 08, 2018
Fourth woman to preside over UN General Assembly dedicates her election to women in politics
María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés is the fourth woman in the UN's history to be elected President of the General Assembly.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Female legislator attacked in brawl over Yerevan sewage water
YEREVAN -- An Armenian opposition municipal legislator was attacked in a brawl that erupted at a city council meeting in the capital, Yerevan, as she attempted to give the mayor a container showing how dirty the water in the capital is. Marina...
Friday, February 24, 2017
Female MP abuse 'puts women off politics' says Diane Abbott
Women may be deterred from entering politics because of abuse suffered by female MPs, Diane Abbott says. The shadow home secretary said she was speaking out about her own experiences after recently receiving a series of threats and insults. In the...
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Former Australian P.M. says women politicians face threats of rape and violence ‘almost daily’
Former prime minister Julia Gillard has warned women going into politics to expect rape threats as part of a blunt assessment of the hurdles facing female politicians. Ms Gillard also spoke of her own experiences of sexism as Australia's first...
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Feminist Forum: Discrimination + Harassment of Women in Politics
TITLE: A woman’s place is apparently not in the house (either of them): Discrimination and harassment of women in politics ABSTRACT: Women continue to be under-represented in politics around the world. Myriad obstacles face politically ambitious...
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Farhan Akhtar is a HeForShe
Indian actor and director of numerous films and founder of Men Against Rape & Discrimination (MARD), Farhan Akhtar was touched by the struggle to end violence against women when a woman he worked with was sexually assaulted and killed in her own...
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Female Lawmaker Describes Harassment in Parliament
A lawmaker in the Japan Restoration Party was jeered during a meeting at parliament and told by a male lawmaker she “should give birth to a baby.” The incident took place in April when Rep. Sayuri Uenishi was speaking on Japan’s declining population...

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