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Parliamentarians for Global Action: Stop Violence Against Women Parliamentarians

Democracy is in decline globally. In many states, principles such as the separation of powers, judicial independence and equality before the law are under attack. Disinformation; incremental dismantling of protections for press freedoms and the repression of vulnerable populations and minorities add to this. Women parliamentarians are particularly affected: they are on the frontlines of attacks. In many cases, the perpetrators go unpunished.

As a member of the "Parliamentarians for Global Action" network, I am delighted about the new initiative PARRT (Parliamentarian Rapid Response Team). With PARRT, we support women parliamentarians and human rights defenders when they are under threat, for example by giving statements, contacting governments in the respective countries and raising the various cases e.g. in the European Parliament. We denounce all forms of harassment, sexism and other forms of discrimination and violence against women parliamentarians around the world: violence must not be used to repress women and those who participate in the political spaces!

In the campaign "S.T.O.P. Violence Against Women Parliamentarians" I got a chance to speak:

We have seen an increase in serious human rights violations and attacks on our democratic institutions during the Covid-19 pandemic, and, in particular, a worrying surge and aggravated wave of discrimination and political violence against women and the most vulnerable. Today, as Members of Parliament around the globe, we are coming together to denounce the persecution, prosecution, sexism, harassment, and all other forms of discrimination and violence against women parliamentarians around the world. Violence in any of its forms must not be used as a tool to repress women and those who participate in political spaces. Gender imbalance and inequality, and attacks on women, weaken our ability to build stronger democracies and more resilient societies.

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