Violence Against Women in Politics


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Thursday, January 21, 2021
Report of the United Nations Secretary-General on women's participation in public life
This report contains an examination of global trends, persistent barriers and opportunities with regard to women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender...
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s response to Rep. Ted Yoho hits home for many other women in politics and business
On Thursday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) took to the House floor to deliver a powerful response to Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla) after he aggressively confronted her outside the Capitol, then delivered a non-apology defending his own behavior....
Friday, October 18, 2019
Record number of new cases of persecuted parliamentarians in the world
At the 141st IPU Assembly in Belgrade, Serbia, IPU Member Parliaments condemned human rights violations against a record number of new cases of abused MPs. The IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians, the only international body with...
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Roundtable: Political empowerment of women through ICTs
The Office of International IDEA to the European Union organized on 7 December 2018, a Roundtable discussion on ”Political empowerment of women through ICTs”, with the support of the Canadian Mission to the European Union. The aim of the event was...
Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women
In the present report, the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences analyses the issue of violence against women in politics, including in parliament and elections, and outlines her conclusion and recommendations on...
Thursday, September 07, 2017
Rising violence against women in politics threatens democracy itself
Violence against female politicians – and the threat of it – is becoming much more common, and not only in Britain. Mona Lena Krook looks at how social media has opened up new channels for harassment, what distinguishes misogynistic attacks, and how...
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Regional conference for Central and Eastern Europe: Making laws work to end violence against women and girls
As part of its programme to support parliaments in addressing all forms of violence against women, the Inter-Parliamentary Union is organizing jointly with the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, along with Global Rights for Women and Vital Voices, a...
Monday, April 24, 2017
RAU report finds that violence discourages young women from participating in politics in Zimbabwe
The Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) has cited violence as a leading factor discouraging young women from actively participating in politics. Zimbabwe will hold general elections next year, and women participation is pivotal as they constitute 52%...
Friday, March 24, 2017
Roundtable on Gender, Violence and Politics: Pushing Women Out
Is backlash to women’s political participation rising? Do we see a new form of political violence? What role does social media play? What can policymakers do?  Women’s participation in politics – as voters, supporters, lobbyists, candidates and...
Monday, June 13, 2016
Round table on eliminating violence against women hosted by the Swiss Press Club
With support from the International Geneva Bureau of the Canton of Geneva, the Swiss Press Club hosted a debate around the issue of violence against women. Participants include the Inter-parliamentary Union’s Secretary General Mr Martin Chungong,...
Friday, February 07, 2014
Report from SIGAR: Challenges to Securing Afghan Women’s Gains in a Post-2014 Environment
The situation for women during the Taliban regime contrasted sharply with that observed in earlier periods, particularly the era of the Soviet occupation (1979-89). During the Soviet occupation, Afghan Communist party leaders ran the country and...
Monday, October 28, 2013
Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Rashida Manjoo
The present report contains the findings of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, following her visit to Papua New Guinea. The Special Rapporteur examines the situation of violence against women in the...
Monday, July 01, 2013
Rights group: 46 cases of harassment in Tahrir on 30 June
Injy Ghozlan, a member of Op Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault, said the group has detected 46 incidents of sexual assault on protesters in Tahrir on Sunday, describing the assaults as "major and shocking." Some of the assaulted victims required...
Friday, April 19, 2013
Report of the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice
The present report is submitted in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 15/23. This first thematic report of the Working Group records current achievements in women‟s political representation and articulates the further challenges to ...
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Rape in DR Congo: A 'weapon of war'
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been dubbed the rape capital of the world. The United Nations says more than 200,000 people have been raped in the country since 1998. And now the UN has issued an ultimatum to two army battallions accused...