Global Legislation to Address Violence Against Women in Politics

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 2:00pm to 3:30pm
2045 Rayburn House Office Building


Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) have organized a briefing series exploring each element of UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5, “Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls Everywhere.”

SDG5 has identified the need to adopt and strengthen enforceable legislation at all levels of government for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. During this event, we will explore one specific aspect of legislating to protect and promote gender equality and empowerment: policy solutions to address violence against women in politics (VAWP). Our panel of speakers will discuss this from a variety of perspectives, specifically by talking about the personal impact of VAWP, existing legislation to address VAWIP and discuss recommendations for future legislation, including the U.S. Civil Society Working Group’s new policy brief on VAWIP to be launched at the event. We will take a special look at how harassing, abusive and aggressive behavior is affecting women in social media and in online spaces.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee will host the event, which will be moderated by Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, President, Women In International Security (WIIS). Panelists include: