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Turning the Tide on Violence against Women in Politics: How Are We Measuring Up?

  • Julie Ballington (a1)

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Violence against women in politics (VAWP) is a human rights violation, as it prevents the realization of political rights. Violence against women in political and public life can be understood as “any act or threat of gender-based violence, resulting in physical, sexual, psychological harm or suffering to women, that prevents them from exercising and realizing their political rights, whether in public or private spaces, including the right to vote and hold public office, to vote in secret and to freely campaign, to associate and assemble, and to enjoy freedom of opinion and expression” (UN Women/UNDP 2017, 20).

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This article has benefited from contributions by Gabriella Borovsky.

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Turning the Tide on Violence against Women in Politics: How Are We Measuring Up?

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