Online gender-based violence directed against women parliamentarians is a global problem that demands immediate attention. The women targeted endure significant suffering while the pervasive threat dissuades others from entering politics, which undermines democracy and negatively impacts society. The Institute of Commonwealth Studies, the High Commission of Canada and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association organised a discussion to identify the root causes of the problem and present possible solutions.
Opening Remarks:
  • Professor Wendy Thomson, Vice Chancellor of the University of London
  • Celeste Kinsey, Minister-Counsellor (Political and Public Affairs), Global Affairs Canada
Keynote Speaker:
  • Catherine McKenna, Former Cabinet Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Canada
Panel Discussion - In conversation with Stephen Twigg, Secretary-General of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association:
  • Dame Maria Miller MP, UK Member of Parliament
  • Yasmin Qureshi MP, UK Member of Parliament
  • Fasiha Hassan MP, Youngest MPL & Portfolio Committee Chairperson, Gauteng Provincial Legislature, South Africa
  • Jennifer Robinson, Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers
Closing remarks:
  • Professor Kingsley Abbott, Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Combatting online harassment and violence against women parliamentarians
Watch the event recording here