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Violence against Women in Politics$
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Mona Lena Krook

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190088460

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190088460.001.0001

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Political and Social Implications

Political and Social Implications

(p.247) 19 Political and Social Implications
Violence against Women in Politics

Mona Lena Krook

Oxford University Press

Chapter 19 considers the political and social consequences of violence against women in politics. The implications of these acts reach far beyond their effects on individual victims, harming political institutions as well as society at large. First, attempting to exclude women as women from participating in political life undermines democracy, negating political rights and disturbing the political process. Second, tolerating mistreatment due to a person’s ascriptive characteristics infringes on their human rights, damaging their personal integrity as well as the perceived social value of their group. Third, normalizing women’s exclusion from political participation relegates women to second class citizenship, threatening principles of gender equality. The chapter concludes that naming the problem of violence against women in politics thus has important repercussions along multiple dimensions, making the defense of women’s rights integral to the protection of political and human rights for all.

Keywords:   violence against women, gender-based violence, democracy, human rights, gender equality

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