Sexism, harassment and violence against women: #NotInMyParliament

“We must denounce sexist stereotypes which result in open and subtle discrimination, as well as harassment, intimidation and violence. There should be no place for such disgraceful and shameful behaviour in Parliaments, including in our Assembly, whether towards female parliamentarians or female staff members working for our Assembly,” said PACE President Liliane Maury Pasquier today, inviting the members and secretariat of the Assembly to support the hashtag initiative #NotInMyParliament to denounce sexism, harassment and violence against women in Parliaments.

“I hope that the #NotInMyParliament initiative will soon spread to other sectors – possible examples include hashtags such as #NotInMyCity, #NotInMyUniversity, #NotInMyOffice. Together, we can launch a real social movement against sexist stereotypes and violence so as to raise awareness of this unacceptable phenomenon and to combat it with resolve and determination. There again, I count on your support,” she stressed.

PACE’s action follows the recent publication of a joint regional study by the Parliamentary Assembly and the Interparliamentary Union (IPU) which revealed alarming levels of sexism, harassment and violence against women in national parliaments.