Study reveals widespread sexism and violence against women MPs

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Martin Chungong. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

A study of 55 women members of parliament (MPs) from across the globe reveals that the majority have experienced death threats, rape threats and other forms of psychological violence.

Furthermore, 20 per cent of the MPs reported that they have been slapped, pushed or struck by an object that could have caused injury, while 12 per cent were threatened with use of a firearm, knife or other weapon.

The study conducted by UN partner the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) shows how women's political participation has been met with sexism, harassment and even physical attacks.

Perpetrators have included members of the public, but also their fellow parliamentarians.

Dianne Penn has been speaking to IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong about the findings.

Duration: 4’40″

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