Violence and harassment against women in politics

To the extent that women occupy more space in the different areas of the political sphere - from presidencies, parliaments, courts and public enterprise, to municipal governments - we have also seen an increase in the multiple manifestations of discrimination and violence that seek to silence and limit women's political leadership and the fundamental change that they represent to the distribution and exercise of power.

In recognition of this new reality and the need to stretch our definitions and legal instruments in order to respond in the most effective way, in 2015 CIM opened a new area of work to advance the prevention, care and punishment of violence and harassment of women in politics.


Portada Declaracion

Declaration on Political Harassment and Violence Against Women

In October 2015, the Conference of States Party to the Belém do Pará Convention adopted this Declaration with a view to highlighting the multiple manifestations of harassment and violence faced by women in the political sphere and to foster actions to prevent, respond to and punish these crimes.

Download the Declaration in:
English or Spanish

Portada Democracia de Ciudadanía

Round-table and Expert Group: Violence against Women in Politicss
(February 25th 2015, Washington, DC)

CIM organized these two events with a view to highlighting the problem of harassment and violence against women in politics and identifying legislative and policy reforms, and concrete actions to foster the prevention, response to and punishment of these crimes.