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What Can the 2022 Elections Tell Us About Violence Against Women

Written by Regina Waugh, IFES Sr. Global Advisor, Gender

Originally published by the Fair Observer

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Violence against women is a global phenomenon. Elections and politics are fundamentally about competition. Both lead to violence against women in politics and that must change.
Regina Waugh
IFES Sr. Global Advisor, Gender

With the vicious attack on the husband of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, the neck-and-neck finishes in dozens of U.S. congressional and other races, and the general anxiety that accompanied the first national election in the United States since the January 6 insurrection, it is not surprising that the U.S. midterms seized the attention of the world. However, the November 8 elections in the U.S. were actually the 75th national elections to take place in 2022 in the world. And while these elections—from Brazil to Kenya to Papua New Guinea—involved a diversity of political processes and systems, one bleak point of commonality was persistent: violence against women seeking or holding elected office...

Read the full article originally published by the Fair Observer on Dec. 29, 2022