Female African MPs are subjected to sexual harassment, according to a report

According to a report by two international oversight bodies, forty percent of female MPs in Africa have faced sexual harassment at work, and 23 percent have faced physical violence.

Most legislatures lack a mechanism to allow women to speak out safely, and the vast majority of sexism, harassment, and violence reported occurred on the grounds of the legislature itself, according to the report.

According to the report, male MPs, particularly those from opposing parties, are the worst perpetrators of violence against female MPs. Women parliamentarians with disabilities, as well as those under 40, unmarried, or from minority groups, are said to be more vulnerable to violence.

According to the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the African Parliamentary Union (APU) report, the numbers for junior female staff were similarly stark, with 18 percent reporting requests for sexual favors from parliamentary colleagues.

The results of a survey of 224 women working in 50 African countries and one sub-regional parliamentary assembly were used to arrive at these conclusions.

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