#EndOnlineAbuse against women in public life
Throughout history women have faced abuse for speaking up, from Mary Wollstonecraft to the suffragettes who were told to ‘drown themselves’, to the threats and acts of violence against politically active women – from bloggers and tweeters, to candidates, councillors and MPs. While women have won the right to vote, our right to participate in public life free from violence, harassment, abuse and all other forms of discrimination continues to be threatened.
In the social media age, online abuse is the new source of women’s oppression, and women of colour are disproportionality targeted. At the 2019 election, a number of prominent women MPs stood down, citing the continued abuse they received as central reason.
Online abuse prevents women and girls from accessing relevant information, expressing their opinions and participating in public debates. This acts as a further barrier to women’s political participation.
Being in the room where decisions are made matters. Women’s increased political participation makes it more likely that decisions made will benefit everyone, including the most marginalised women and girls in the UK and beyond.
We must #EndOnlineAbuse
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