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21-09-2020

Webinar: Women in Politics and Online Abuse, 2 October 2020

We are delighted to invite you to our next upcoming online event that will focus on the issue of online abuse, with a particular focus on how this affects women in politics, jointly organised with the National Women’s Council of Ireland on Friday 2 October at 2:30pm. Prior registration is essential.

Female politicians in Europe face significant threats, harassment and violence both directly and through social media. The reality of online abuse is a burning issue, which threatens women’s participation in political debate and leadership. The panel will discuss the policy initiatives at national and European level, and the ongoing on-the-ground initiatives tackling this issue.

The discussion will be opened by Tom Felle, Head of Journalism and Communications at NUIG and former journalist, who will be setting the scene by outlining the results of his research investigation on female politicians and online abuse.  Gina Miller, Transparency Campaigner and Businesswoman, will then give a keynote address, focusing on her own experience and advocacy work.

Thereafter, important contributions from the below panel will be provided followed by a Q&A with the audience: 

  • Maria Walsh, MEP
  • Colm O'Gorman, Executive Director Amnesty International Ireland
  • Hazel Chu, Lord Mayor of Dublin and Member of the Green Party

The event will take place on the Zoom platform. We kindly ask you to confirm your participation by registering for this webinar via this link.

Press Release: 2 October 2020
National Womens' Council of Ireland
European Parliament Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality