PRESS RELEASE – ParlAmericas – the network of the national Legislatures of Members States of the Organization of American States (OAS), in collaboration with the Parliament of Saint Lucia, will be hosting a two-day meeting on the topic: Gender-based Political Harassment: Building Awareness in Parliaments.
The meeting will take place from January 26-27, 2016 at the Bay Gardens Hotel. Political harassment, the topic of this meeting, has emerged as a term to describe the intimidation or violence targeting women active in public life, in ways which are both politically motivated and based on their gender. In the context of parliamentary politics, this can be manifested in more subtle forms of intimidation – such as sexist language and media coverage or pressure to renounce elected officals – to more explicit forms such as physical aggression.
These violations of women’s political rights reinforce traditional gender roles and male-dominated decision making spaces. Parliaments have an important responsibility to raise awareness and address this problem.
The Group of Women Parliamentarians of ParlAmericas organizes activities to promote women’s empowerment and the inclusion of a gender lens on the legislative agenda of member parliaments. It has been active in efforts to prevent political harassment and will continue to support parliamentarians’ efforts to mobilize initiatives on this issue.
This meeting in Saint Lucia is open to parliamentarians of both genders from ParlAmericas’ member parliaments in the Anglophone Caribbean, as well as from other English-speaking member parliaments. The Opening Ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at the Conference Room of the Bay Gardens Hotel. The meeting sessions will follow immediately.