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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Ending Violence Against Women in Politics

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 3:00pm
SVC-215 Capitol Visitor Center


In commemoration of National Women’s History Month, please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a briefing on preventing and mitigating violence against women in politics.

Although many factors constrain women’s political participation worldwide, perhaps the most alarming is the use of violence against women engaged in public and political activity.  Targeted violence against women in politics exists in all regions of the world, and directly violates women’s rights to public service and to take part in the governments of their countries.  According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, over 80 percent of women Members of Parliament surveyed have experienced forms of violence in connection with their political engagement. Violence against women in politics also affects women candidates, voters, journalists, poll workers and activists.

The briefing will bring together an expert panel to explain the surprising prevalence and destructive impact of this little-known issue. The event will explore ways the U.S. can contribute to preventing and mitigating violence against women in politics.

This briefing will be open to members of Congress, congressional staff, the interested public, and the media. For any questions, please contact Kimberly Stanton (for Mr. McGovern) at 202-225-3599 or, Jamie Staley (for Mr. Hultgren) at 202-226-1516 or, or Gabrielle Bardall (for Mrs. Schakowsky) at 202-225-2111 or of the public who wish to attend this event must RSVP to Gabrielle Bardall at   

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC
Randy Hultgren, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC
Jan Schakowsky, M.C.
Executive Committee, TLHRC


Ann Wagner, M.C.
Member, TLHRC
Suzanne Bonamici, M.C.
Member, TLHRC
Salud Carbajal, M.C.
Member, TLHRC


Opening Remarks


  • Begoña Lasagabaster, Chief of the Leadership and Governance section, UN Women, and former Spanish Member of Parliament
    Written statement
  • Dr. Joyce Banda, Distinguished Fellow with the Global Women's Leadership Initiative, Woodrow Wilson Center, and former President, Republic of Malawi
  • Dr. Claudia Paz y Paz, Secretary for Multidimensional Security for the Organization of American States, and former Attorney General of Guatemala
    Written statement
  • Paddy Torsney, Permanent Observer of the Inter-Parliamentary Union at the UN, and former Canadian Member of Parliament


  • Dr. Kathleen Kuehnast, Director, Gender Policy and Strategy, U.S. Institute of Peace


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