Gender-based violence affects women in all aspects of life.
Politics is no exception, as confirmed by the regional study on Sexism, harassment and violence against women
in parliaments in Europe, which was jointly conducted
by the Parliamentary Assembly and the Inter-Parliamentary Union
Despite the impact on victims, on the respect of fundamental
rights and on the good functioning of democracy, sexism and harassment
are trivialised and often dismissed as the price women have to pay
for being in politics.
To redress this state of affairs, it is crucial to raise awareness
of sexism and violence against women in politics and bring about
a change of mindsets. At the same time, players in the political
arena should strengthen their policies, legislation and other measures
aimed at putting an end to sexism and violence against women in politics,
while data collection, monitoring and research should be stepped
Parliaments should set the example by revising their codes
of conduct with a view to explicitly prohibiting sexist speech and
sexual harassment and introducing sanctions for breaches of this
obligation. They should also introduce effective complaint mechanisms
which are accessible to members of parliament and parliamentary staff.