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Combatting online harassment and violence against women parliamentarians

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17:30 - 21:00

Senate House

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Combatting online harassment and violence against women parliamentarians

Location: The Chancellor's Hall, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

International Women's Day and Commonwealth Week 2024

Online gender-based violence directed against women parliamentarians is a global problem that demands immediate attention. The women targeted endure significant suffering while the pervasive threat dissuades others from entering politics, which undermines democracy and negatively impacts society. The Institute of Commonwealth Studies, the High Commission of Canada and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association are convening a discussion to identify the root causes of the problem and present possible solutions.

The event will conclude with a reception from 20:00

View the programme.

Opening Remarks: 

  • Professor Wendy Thomson, Vice Chancellor of the University of London 
  • Celeste Kinsey, Minister-Counsellor (Political and Public Affairs), Global Affairs Canada 

Keynote Speaker: 

  • Catherine McKenna, Former Cabinet Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Canada 

Panel Discussion - In conversation with Stephen Twigg, Secretary-General of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association: 

  • Dame Maria Miller MP, UK Member of Parliament 
  • Yasmin Qureshi MP, UK Member of Parliament 
  • Fasiha Hassan MP, Youngest MPL & Portfolio Committee Chairperson, Gauteng Provincial Legislature, South Africa 
  • Jennifer Robinson, Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers 

Closing Remarks: 

  • Professor Kingsley Abbott, Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies