Sexual harassment hits women in politics

Women in party politics are often sexually harassed  by their male counterparts PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Women in party politics are often sexually harassed by their male counterparts PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

Women in politics continue to suffer violence at the hands of their male counterparts, a matter which has been identified as a barrier to their political journey. Sexual harassment against women in politics has attracted attention of feminists and gender activists across the globe, Mmegi Staff Writer PINI BOTHOKO observes

Quizzed on how sexual harassment affects women in politics, women veterans who have fought all kinds of sexual harassment and Gender Based Violence (GBV) said even though women have made significant inroads into politics in recent years, their involvement has spurred attacks. They are steadfast that gender violence is a barrier that is used to silence women’s voices in politics as women’s political participation remains low in Botswana.

A staunch advocate for women and girls’ rights and also former Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Botlogile Tshireletso said sexual harassment against women in politics remains a hidden problem because women have normalised it as part of the political game. Tshireletso also said many women remain quiet fearing that speaking out may harm their political careers. She stated that usually women are violated during political party conferences and elections campaigns in an effort to degrade their personal dignity.

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