Combatting online harassment and violence against women parliamentarians

Event Details

Date: 20 March 2024

Time: 17:30 – 21:00 GMT

Location: Hybrid.

In person event at: The Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, 1st Floor Malet Street London WC1E 7HU

Format: Keynote speech, panel discussion, Q&A


Online gender-based violence directed against women parliamentarians is a global problem that demands immediate attention. The women targeted endure significant suffering while the pervasive threat dissuades others from entering politics, which undermines democracy and negatively impacts society. The Institute of Commonwealth Studies, the High Commission of Canada and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association are convening a discussion to identify the root causes of the problem and present possible solutions.

The event will conclude with a reception from 20:00.


Opening Remarks

Professor Wendy Thomson, Vice Chancellor of the University of London
Celeste Kinsey, Minister-Counsellor (Political and Public Affairs), Global Affairs Canada

Keynote Speaker
Catherine McKenna, Former Cabinet Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Canada
Panel Discussion

In conversation with Stephen Twigg, Secretary-General of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association:

  • Dame Maria Miller MP, UK Member of Parliament
  • Yasmin Qureshi MP, UK Member of Parliament
  • Fasiha Hassan MP, Youngest MPL & Portfolio Committee Chairperson, Gauteng Provincial Legislature, South Africa
  • Jennifer Robinson, Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers
Closing remarks

Professor Kingsley Abbott, Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies

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20 Mar 2024


5:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 20 Mar 2024
  • Time: 1:30 pm

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