Data and violence against women in politics: Expert group meeting report and recommendations

UN Women organized an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on “Data and violence against women in politics” (VAWP) on 4–5 December 2019, in New York, as a part of its ongoing efforts to tackle this issue. More than 40 experts attended the meeting, including academics, gender equality advocates, Members of Parliament, representatives of electoral management bodies, civil society organizations, and international organizations, as well as UN agencies.

Being recognized as one of the key deterrents to women’s political participation, VAWP has captured global attention, but comparative data remains unavailable. Internationally agreed indicators and data collection methods to measure incidence or prevalence do not yet exist. The EGM helped map existing knowledge tools, databases, and surveys as sources of data on VAWP, and facilitated the exchange of lessons learned, experiences, and good practices in data collection.

This follow-up EGM on data was a recommendation of the Violence against Women in Politics Expert Group Meeting in March 2018 (see previous report).

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Bibliographic information

Subject area(s): Electoral systems and processes; Ending violence against women and girls; Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Gender power relations; Leadership and political participation; Political empowerment; Political violence; Sexual harassment

Resource type: Best practices; Data/statistics; Expert group meeting reports; Proceedings

UN Women office involved in publication: UN Women Headquarters

Publication year: 2020

Number of pages: 34

Publishing entities: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)