A major reason why women are deterred from taking up decision making roles in both domestic and international forum, is because if they are more prone to violence and sexual assault. It’s because they are afraid of their male counterparts; it’s because they don’t feel that the environment is safe and conducive.
Establishing a safe environment where women aren’t afraid to actively take part in politics and decision making process should be a priority for every country.
According to a recent study by Inter-Parliamentary Union, it was found that sexist violence and harassment against women lawmakers is extremely rampant, even in the international forum.
It is very important that education is utilized as an optimum tool in promoting gender equality and condemning violence against women. Media should also actively advocate for creating a safe environment for women within the country.