Study: 4 four out of 10 women in political office say they were harassed "several times"

Study: 4 four out of 10 women in political office say they were harassed “several times”

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According to a study published in recent hours by Oxfam-Bolivia, four out of ten women who hold political office say they have suffered violence and harassment referred to in this area “several times.”

“Consulted in the report, 40% of women who hold political office stated that they were victims of harassment and political violence ‘several times’. 33% stated that they suffered violence ‘sometimes’. Another 9% said that only once and the remaining 19% reported never having been violated,” explained Lourdes Montero, director of Oxfam-Bolivia at the presentation of the report “Political participation of women on the long road to intercultural parity democracy.”

Likewise, the official highlighted that “in the last 38 years, the election of women in the Legislative Assembly soared from 0.8% to 46% in the Chamber of Deputies and from 7% to 55% in the Senate, which shows, without a doubt, that their political participation has taken an important leap over time”, cites an institutional bulletin.

The research was developed within the framework of the project on Strengthening parity democracy within the country’s political parties and organizations called “Parity is democracy”.

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The plan is promoted jointly by Oxfam-Bolivia, the Coordinator for Women and the Center for Higher University Studies of the Universidad Mayor de San Simón (CESU-UMSS) within the framework of funding from the European Union (EU).

The presentation of the research work took place at the Bolivian Cinematheque in La Paz, on which occasion the documentary “Stories beyond parity” was also premiered, which includes the experiences of three Bolivian political women.

Both materials are available in digital versions, through Oxfam-Bolivia’s social networks, states the press release.

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