Finding Solutions to Cyber Harassment Aimed at Women in Political Life
About the Project
Despite the decades-long fight for increased inclusion and opportunities for women in politics, research shows that women are significantly less likely than men to even consider running for office. Today, only 27% of Canadian members of Parliament are women, the highest percentage in the history of the House of Commons. While the current government has made a commitment to address the issue of gender equality and is focusing attention on removing systemic barriers for women who wish to enter political life, harassment and threats through digital technology and online platforms are becoming a clear deterrent to women’s political engagement. When women feel they cannot voice their opinion without fear of retaliation or threat, robust political discourse is inhibited and essential voices are silenced. While stories of online violence directed at women in political life – elected or not – are plentiful, proposed solutions are few, and recourse seemingly non-existent.
PPF hosted a half-day workshop exploring issues and challenges women in the political sphere face with cyber harassment. A substantive report based on key recommendations discussed at the workshop was released in August 2019.