LI joins forces with NDI at UNCSW to stamp out violence against women in politics

Teaming up with Madeleine Albright’s National Democratic Institute (NDI – LI cooperating organisation), LI has NDI marked the two-year anniversary of the #NotTheCost campaign to end violence against women in politics, at a side-event on the fringes of the 62nd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York, raising the profile of this global cause.

 

Under the theme Pushing Back: Strategies for Ending Violence against Women in Politics (VAW-P) and in partnership with the International Network of Liberal Women (INLW, LI full-member), the event aimed to showcase best practice solutions by exploring lessons learned from around the world and providing participants with tested tools to push back on violence against women in politics both preemptively and proactively.
Addressing more than 100 delegates, LI President Dr Juli Minoves insisted that the abuse women in politics suffer is not only physical or sexual but psychological and liberals in government and opposition around the world are leading the efforts to offer solutions and strategies to end gender-based violence. “Something that happens with VAW-P is that there is very little self-acknowledgement that this is happening in society and that it goes much beyond physical violence” he said.

 

Democratic Alliance Member of Parliament Denise Robinson (DA, LI full-member) emphasized that “stronger legislation needs to go hand in hand with stronger implementation and monitoring when it comes to ending violence against women including violence against politicaly active women.”

The panel was moderated by NDI’s director for Gender, Women and Democracy, Sandra Pepera and featured United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women Ms. Dubravka Šimonović,   and NDI Senior Program Manager (Elections and Political Processes), Michael McNulty.

Liberal International has been at the forefront of the issue and remains as the only political international to openly and actively support the campaign. Most recently, LI HRC Member Marina Schuster (FDP, LI full-member) participated in a closed expert hearing meeting with H.E. Dubravka Simonovic where she highlighted efforts of liberals in government and opposition to support women in politics and end all forms of discrimination and abuse against politically active women.

On the margin of the 62nd UNCSW Session, Dr. Minoves also held meeting with a delegation from the Democratic Progressive Party in Taiwan (DPP, LI full-member) and the UN Special Adviser on Responsibility to Protect His Excellency Ivan Simonovic.

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