#NotTheCost: Stopping Violence Against Women in Politics
Women are advancing toward equality and claiming their right to participate in politics: as civil society activists, political party leaders, local councillors and mayors, parliamentarians, ministers and presidents. We must ensure that women can be politically active without experiencing any form of discrimination, harassment or assault. Violence is NOT the cost of politics.
UN REPORT ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN POLITICS
In 2016, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) launched the #NotTheCost campaign, - a global call to action to raise awareness to stop violence against women in politics. The campaign’s title reflects the fact that many women are told that harassment, threats, psychological abuse (in person and online), physical and sexual assault are “the cost of doing politics.” For the last two years, NDI has been working to challenge this claim by raising awareness of the violence that politically-active women face, collecting data on it, and building capacity among our partners to mitigate its impact and hold perpetrators to account.
One of the key asks made by NDI’s Chairman, former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, at the launch of the campaign in 2016, was for the United Nations to begin to examine violence against women in politics in its annual thematic reports. In May 2018, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, H.E. Dubravka Šimonović called for submissions on violence against women in politics for a thematic report to be presented to the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), in October 2018. This is the first report on the issue of violence against politically-active women to be tabled before the UNGA.
In June 2018, NDI submitted a paper detailing its understanding of the nature, causes and impact of violence against women in politics. In it, the Institute responded to the Special Rapporteur’s request that the evidence be rights-based, action-oriented, and driven by the testimonies of women who are politically-active - as activists, voters, candidates, elected or appointed officials, and electoral workers. Here is both our submission to the UN Special Rapporteur and her final thematic report that will be presented on October 5, 2018.
To mark the first anniversary of #NotTheCost, NDI is pleased to announce the launch of our #NotTheCost Program Guidance and Call To Action, new and exciting resources for practitioners, activists and everyone committed to addressing violence against politically active women. Click the links below to learn more!
NDI has worked closely with the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women to establish a report form that allows people to report incidents of violence against politically active women safely and securely. Read more »
In advance of the #NotTheCost conference, NDI released a short video for International Women's Day that captures the impact of violence against women in politics and underscores the importance of addressing it. Read more »
#NoEsElCosto is a #NotTheCost campaign implemented in Mexico that speaks of violence against women in politics that was launched in collaboration with InMujeres, Mexico's National Insitute for Women. Read more »
NDI was featured on PBS "To The Contrary" on Violence Against Women in Politics and the #NotTheCost campaign with an all-star panel including Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, chairman of NDI's board of directors. Read more »
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