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#NotTheCost

"Don’t let violence stop you from raising your voice" - Gabby Giffords' Message for Women

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Published on Oct 2, 2019

The National Democratic Institute is a leading voice and advocate of eliminating barriers to women’s political participation around the world. Unfortunately, violence continues to be a consistent issue faced by many women in politics and a deterrent to those aspiring.

During the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women in 2016, NDI launched the #NotTheCost campaign as a global call to action to stop violence against women in politics. NDI Chairman and former Secretary of State, Madeleine K. Albright, asked the United Nations to include an examination of violence against women in politics in its annual thematic reports. Two years later, on October 5, 2018 a report on violence against women in politics was formally presented to the UN General Assembly by the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Dr. Dubravaka Šimonović. Dr. Simonovic’s report was strongly influenced by NDI’s Gender, Women and Democracy team’s submission, which highlighted the forms and impact of the violence experienced by women in politics all over the world.

NDI continues to invest in the development of innovative solutions to raise awareness about the violence that women in politics face. After the release of the report at the UN, NDI launched think10, a new safety planning tool, which allows politically-active women to make an informed assessment of their risks and take actions to mitigate them.

NDI is honored to mark the one year anniversary of the release of the groundbreaking report on violence against women at the UN with a special video by Gabby Giffords, former Congresswoman from Arizona. We recognize her bravery and continuous advocacy on behalf of all victims of violence, including women in politics.

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