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Feb. 27, 2018

Democracy Without Women Is Impossible


The full and equal participation of women in public and political affairs is critical to building and sustaining functioning democracies. More women than ever are holding public office and participating in the electoral process as candidates, campaigners, election staff and voters.

With greater representation, women are raising issues that have been historically marginalized ranging from reproductive health and physical safety to gender equality and poverty.

Globally, violence against women in politics has emerged as a serious obstacle to the realization of women’s political rights. A growing body of evidence from around the world indicates that, as women step forward in political life, they are being met by discrimination, harassment, psychological abuse, and physical or sexual assault.

A panel of experts shared insights from different countries and efforts to address this global problem in this live event held Feb. 27, 2018.

Members of this expert panel are participating in a workshop, “Measuring Violence Against Women in Elections,” that is jointly sponsored by Emory’s Institute for Developing Nations and The Carter Center’s Democracy Program.

Elin Bjarnegård, Dept. of Politics, University of Uppsala
Mona Lena Krook, Dept. of Politics, Rutgers University
Mimoza Kusari-Lila, Member of Parliament, The Republic of Kosovo
Moderator: David Carroll, Democracy Program, The Carter Center

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