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May 30, 2017
ParlAmericas participated in international conference on resistance to women’s political leadership

From May 22 to 26, academics and practitioners gathered at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University for the international conference “Resisting Women’s Political Leadership: Theories, Data, Solutions.” The International Secretariat of ParlAmericas participated in the conference in a technical capacity, sharing information about the work of national legislators on ending violence against women in politics in the Americas and Caribbean region.

The conference, organized by Professor Mona Lena Krook, featured sessions exploring the multiple forms of resistance to women political leaders which are increasingly recognized as detrimental to women’s rights, gender equality, inclusive governance, and democracy. In addition to violence against women in politics, topics discussed included barriers to women in candidate selection processes, the backlash against gender quotas, and gender discrimination in political institutions and parties, as well as in traditional and social media.