Incident Form: Reporting Violence Against Women in Politics
Over the last few decades, gender equality in political life and public offices has grown substantially, bringing with it a host of positive effects for women, democracy and society. However, as more women have emerged as activists, elected leaders, officials and voters, they have encountered increasing levels of harassment, intimidation, psychological abuse -- in person and, increasingly, online. This discourages women from engaging politically, creates a serious barrier to their ability to freely and safely pursue their rights to political participation, and undermines democracy.
Violence against women in politics encompasses all forms of aggression, coercion and intimidation against women as political actors simply because they are women. This violence is both physical and psychological in nature, and includes the growing trend of cyberbullying and other forms of online violence. Women who are victims of violence may know their attackers, or the perpetrators may be unknown -- even anonymous, in the case of online violence. While political violence happens against both men and women, violence against women in politics targets women because of their gender, can be gendered in its form (e.g., sexual violence and sexist attacks), and discourages all women from political activity. It restricts the political participation of women as a group, and fits within the international definition of violence against women.
NDI is collecting examples and stories of violence against politically active women to highlight the overwhelming global prevalence of that violence. The information collected through this form will be passed by NDI to the office of the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women and Girls directly, so that it can be used to raise awareness and build the case for global action.
If you have a story to tell, or know someone who does, follow the link below to our data collection form.
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Please note that:
1) If you are submitting this form on someone else’s behalf, you must have and record their consent
2) If the Special Rapporteur decides to take action related to this incident, a letter concerning what happened will be sent to the relevant authorities
3) If this communication is taken up, a summary of what happened will appear in a public report of the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council
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Reports are private and will not be publicized without your consent.
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