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Being honest with ourselves about the cost of protecting nature is vital if we are to stand any chance of fighting the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change, Katy Roxburgh, Senior Account Director at Atalanta, noted when addressing the audience at Global Youth Biodiversity Network’s Inter-Generational Dialogue on 30 by 30.

26 July 2022

Atalanta COO on the state of British politics today

Atalanta COO on the state of British politics today

Our Chief Operating Officer, Elizabeth Ames, joined the Democracy Sausage podcast to discuss the legacy of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the state of the race for the leadership of the Conservative Party.

22 July 2022

Appointment of Lynn Schwartz as Senior Account Director

Appointment of Lynn Schwartz as Senior Account Director

Atalanta is delighted to announce the appointment of Lynn Schwartz as Senior Account Director focussed on sustainability as it continues to build out its sector expertise.

18 July 2022

Women play a key role in advancing innovation and sustainability in tourism

Women play a key role in advancing innovation and sustainability in tourism

Empowering women innovators will be critical for building a stronger and more sustainable global tourism industry, our CEO Eva Barboni explained during a recent panel discussion at the 2022 Mediterranean Tourism Forum in Malta.

15 July 2022

'Overlooked' women are a new political force

'Overlooked' women are a new political force

Financial Times columnist Pilita Clark interviewed our Chief Operating Officer, Elizabeth Ames, on the parallels between the recent success of the Acting Your Age campaign in the United Kingdom, and the election victories of the 'Teal' independent political candidates in the recent Australian election.

17 June 2022

Atalanta COO in the Financial Times

Atalanta COO in the Financial Times

Our Chief Operating Officer Elizabeth Ames sat down with The Financial Times’ Robert Shrimsley to dissect the results of the recent Australian election—and explore the lessons that Britain’s Conservative Party should take from Morrison’s failed campaign.

26 May 2022

Atalanta and Barboni Strategies announce appointment of creative team

Atalanta and Barboni Strategies announce appointment of creative team

Sister companies Atalanta and Barboni Strategies are delighted to announce the appointment of Cilena Rojas and Courtney Paynter to lead their in-house creative team.

22 September 2021

$40 Billion invested to accelerate gender equality

$40 Billion invested to accelerate gender equality

The Generation Equality Forum saw governments and organisations commit $40 billion in investments for gender equality. Atalanta supports the work done at the Generation Equality Forum and commits to continuing our work to empower women in leadership at all levels.

13 July 2021

Atalanta COO featured on BroadTalk podcast

Atalanta COO featured on BroadTalk podcast

Atalanta COO Elizabeth Ames was recently featured in an episode of BroadTalk with Virginia Haussegger AM—a podcast which looks at politics, policy, and leadership through a feminist lens.

6 May 2021

Atalanta x NationBuilder: Women Who Win

Atalanta x NationBuilder: Women Who Win

Earlier this month, Atalanta partnered with NationBuilder to host Women Who Win—an event bringing together political activists, campaign managers, and consultants from around the globe to explore trends in women running for office and winning elections.

26 March 2021

Atalanta in Politico London Influence

Atalanta in Politico London Influence

The work we do at Atalanta has never been more urgent. Our CEO and COO recently spoke with Politico about how we can overcome the barriers to women in public leadership.

18 March 2021

Marking International Women’s Day in Lebanon

Marking International Women’s Day in Lebanon

On International Women’s Day, Atalanta CEO Eva Barboni reflects on the lessons of working in partnership with GPG and LOST to improve women’s political representation in Lebanon.

8 March 2021

Appointment of former Telegraph correspondent Alex Spillius as Atalanta Senior Advisor

Appointment of former Telegraph correspondent Alex Spillius as Atalanta Senior Advisor

Atalanta is excited to announce the appointment of Alex Spillius as a Senior Advisor focussed on high-level communications and political strategy. He will work closely with our team as we support clients through the challenges of the unequal global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

22 February 2021

Appointment of Elizabeth Ames as Atalanta Chief Operating Officer

Appointment of Elizabeth Ames as Atalanta Chief Operating Officer

Atalanta is delighted to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Ames as its inaugural Chief Operating Officer (COO) as it focusses on its next stage of growth.

1 October 2020

Our actions on diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism

Our actions on diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism

As both an organisation and as individuals, we want to strongly reaffirm: Black Lives Matter. Learn more about the concrete actions we are taking to advance diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism in our organisation and our work.

5 July 2020

Atalanta in Stylist: “I fear this has broken me”: how worried should we be about abuse pushing women out of politics?

Atalanta in Stylist: “I fear this has broken me”: how worried should we be about abuse pushing women out of politics?

Stylist Magazine published an article last Friday investigating why women MPs are standing down ahead of the UK General Election on December 12. Exploring the reasons behind their decisions and the recent media coverage of the issue, Stylist asked Atalanta CEO, Eva Barboni, her thoughts.

19 November 2019

Statement from Atalanta on the passing of senior advisor Alisa Swidler

Statement from Atalanta on the passing of senior advisor Alisa Swidler

Atalanta founder Eva Barboni issued the following statement: I am heartbroken by the tragic news of Alisa Swidler's sudden passing. She gave me the courage to set up Atalanta and pursue my passion, and she was one of our earliest advisors and supporters.

16 September 2019

Atalanta in Campaigns & Elections: “How female candidates and leaders are flipping the script on gender”

Atalanta in Campaigns & Elections: “How female candidates and leaders are flipping the script on gender”

Campaigns & Elections published a piece from Atalanta Founder & CEO Eva Barboni, highlighting how women candidates in Europe and the United States are changing the campaign playbook when it comes to discussing gender.

5 December 2018

Atalanta at The Arts Club: “A woman’s place is in politics”

Atalanta at The Arts Club: “A woman’s place is in politics”

Yesterday, we had the pleasure of hosting a panel discussion at The Arts Club, featuring a line-up of inspirational and accomplished women in UK politics: Baroness Anne Jenkin, Conservative Member of the House of Lords; Jess Phillips, Labour Member of Parliament; and Bethany Wheatley, digital strategist and former Conservative Party Digital Director.

12 September 2018

Investing in Women

Investing in Women

Our Founder and CEO, Eva Barboni, recently spoke at the inaugural “Investing in Women” charity ball. During her speech, Eva made the case for investing in women’s political leadership, noting that such investment is credited not only with driving improvements in women’s empowerment but also with tangible policy shifts that lead to greater economic prosperity and security for everyone.

15 June 2018

Atalanta on LBC with Shelagh Fogarty

Atalanta on LBC with Shelagh Fogarty

In an interview with Shelagh Fogarty on LBC, Atalanta Founder & CEO Eva Barboni highlighted the findings from Atalanta’s report, (Anti)Social Media: The benefits and pitfalls of digital for female politicians, released in partnership with BrandsEye.

23 March 2018

Atalanta on KSRO Radio: "The hurdles for women politicians in the digital age"

Atalanta on KSRO Radio: "The hurdles for women politicians in the digital age"

Speaking on KSRO Radio, Atalanta Founder & CEO Eva Barboni discussed the gendered nature of online abuse targeting women politicians, and how it is often aimed at attacking their credibility as leaders.

21 March 2018

Atalanta on Channel 4 News

Atalanta on Channel 4 News

In an interview for Channel 4 News, Eva Barboni, Founder & CEO of Atalanta, describes the impact that sexism and abuse on social media is having on women candidates.

20 March 2018

Atalanta in The Hill: "A new hurdle for female politicians in the digital age"

Atalanta in The Hill: "A new hurdle for female politicians in the digital age"

“It’s tempting to see this [online abuse] as just a technological problem that social media companies bear the responsibility to address” writes Atalanta Founder & CEO Eva Barboni in a recent op-ed for The Hill. Based on findings from Atalanta’s most recent report, the op-ed addresses the impact of online abuse on female politicians.

20 March 2018

Atalanta on Fox News: "Online abuse of women in politics undermines both them and our democracy"

Atalanta on Fox News: "Online abuse of women in politics undermines both them and our democracy"

Fox News ran an op-ed from Atalanta Founder & CEO Eva Barboni, highlighting the impact that online abuse of female politicians has on both the politicians themselves and on our broader democratic systems. The piece cites a recent report released by Atalanta, in collaboration with BrandsEye.

19 March 2018

 Atalanta in Apolitical: "Hold social media companies to account to stop harassment of female politicians"

Atalanta in Apolitical: "Hold social media companies to account to stop harassment of female politicians"

Online abuse is “not just the cost of doing politics”, Atalanta Founder & CEO Eva Barboni writes in an op-ed for Apolitical, a global network for public servants. Highlighting the scale and impact of online harassment for women politicians, which is underpinned by findings from Atalanta’s latest report, she explores possible solutions for a host of stakeholders.

15 March 2018

Atalanta in Stylist: "This is how the online abuse of women politicians is affecting our democracy"

Atalanta in Stylist: "This is how the online abuse of women politicians is affecting our democracy"

Stylist reports on one of the newest hurdles to recruiting more women politicians: online harassment. Citing Atalanta’s recent report, “(Anti)Social Media: The Benefits and Pitfalls of Digital for Female Politicians”, Stylist details the impact of online abuse, and the toll it takes on candidates and our democracy.

14 March 2018

WinningWomen: a digital campaign solution for women candidates

WinningWomen: a digital campaign solution for women candidates

WinningWomen helps female candidates harness powerful digital tools to overcome barriers to electoral success: While engaging on social media can come with some downsides – such as harassment – it gives women a platform to reach out directly to voters and donors, circumventing institutional barriers.

14 March 2018

Atalanta in Campaigns & Elections

Atalanta in Campaigns & Elections

Citing Atalanta’s recent (Anti)Social Media report, Campaigns & Elections reported on the need for political consultants working with female candidates to develop effective digital strategies: Reinforcing what many female practitioners and office holders know from experience, the study found that women in public office were more likely than their male counterparts to receive criticism based on their “physical appearance and family life.”

14 March 2018

Atalanta in GQ: "Theresa May gets three times as many comments on her appearance as Corbyn"

Atalanta in GQ: "Theresa May gets three times as many comments on her appearance as Corbyn"

In a piece by Guto Harri, GQ highlighted the findings from Atalanta’s report on online harassment and sexism against female political leaders, explaining what they mean for male politicians: “Play the ball not the man.” That’s what rugby players are taught from an early age and rugby is a pretty rough sport.

13 March 2018

Atalanta in The Guardian

Atalanta in The Guardian

The Guardian highlighted Atalanta’s recent findings about how male and female political leaders receive different treatment on social media: A new piece of research looks at the way that female and male leaders are treated on social media.

13 March 2018

Atalanta in The Times: "How to fight sexism in the digital age"

Atalanta in The Times: "How to fight sexism in the digital age"

In an op-ed for The Times, Bethany Wheatley, a contributor to Atalanta’s recent report “(Anti)Social Media: The Benefits and Pitfalls of Digital for Female Politicians”, highlights practical steps women politicians can take to mitigate problems of online harassment.

13 March 2018

Atalanta in Reuters: "Online harassment takes 'heavy toll' on women politicians - report"

Atalanta in Reuters: "Online harassment takes 'heavy toll' on women politicians - report"

Reuters and Thomson Reuters Foundation News have highlighted the impact that online abuse has on women politicians, drawing from Atalanta’s new report, “(Anti)Social Media: The Benefits and Pitfalls of Digital for Female Politicians”.

13 March 2018

Atalanta in Politico: "Theresa May faces more gender-based abuse than Jeremy Corbyn: report"

Atalanta in Politico: "Theresa May faces more gender-based abuse than Jeremy Corbyn: report"

Politico reports on the abuse that female politicians—UK Prime Minister Theresa May in particular—face online, citing Atalanta’s new report, released in collaboration with BrandsEye: “(Anti)Social Media: The Benefits and Pitfalls of Digital for Female Politicians”.

13 March 2018

(Anti)Social Media: the benefits and pitfalls of digital for female politicians

(Anti)Social Media: the benefits and pitfalls of digital for female politicians

A new report released by Atalanta, a social enterprise dedicated to increasing women’s representation in government, has revealed significant differences in the way that female and male political leaders are discussed online.

12 March 2018

Atalanta in Thomson Reuters Foundation News: "To achieve political equality, we should focus less on fairness"

Atalanta in Thomson Reuters Foundation News: "To achieve political equality, we should focus less on fairness"

In an op-ed for Thomson Reuters Foundation News on International Women's Day, Atalanta Founder & CEO Eva Barboni argues that in order to achieve gender parity in politics, we need to focus less on fairness and more on why women can win.

8 March 2018

Atalanta Founder Eva Barboni on CNBC Africa

Atalanta Founder Eva Barboni on CNBC Africa

Atalanta Founder & CEO Eva Barboni went on CNBC Africa's "Power Lunch" to discuss how to get more women into politics in Africa and around the world.

2 February 2018

Atalanta on CNBC: amid all the noise, Oprah-mania raises an important point

Atalanta on CNBC: amid all the noise, Oprah-mania raises an important point

Atalanta Founder & CEO Eva Barboni highlights the lesson that political parties around the world should be learning from "Oprah-mania" on CNBC: Off the back of a powerful Golden Globes speech, Oprah Winfrey has sparked feverish "will she or won't she" speculation about a potential presidential bid in 2020.

18 January 2018

Inspiration meets action: our launch at the WPL Summit

Inspiration meets action: our launch at the WPL Summit

We couldn’t have had a better venue to officially launch Atalanta and release our report looking at the status of women’s political leadership worldwide: “Getting Impatient.”

1 December 2017

Getting impatient

Getting impatient

A new report assessing the barriers preventing gender equality in politics was launched today during the Women Political Leaders Annual Global Summit in Reykjavik, Iceland. It examines the current state of play for female political leaders and the practical steps that individual political candidates, parties, and organisations can take in the absence of systemic change.

29 November 2017

Overcoming barriers to women’s political leadership

Overcoming barriers to women’s political leadership

A new report assessing the barriers preventing gender equality in politics was launched today during the Women Political Leaders Annual Global Summit in Reykjavik, Iceland. It examines the current state of play for female political leaders and the practical steps that individual political candidates, parties, and organisations can take in the absence of systemic change.

28 November 2017

Join us in Reykjavik at the WPL Annual Global Summit

Join us in Reykjavik at the WPL Annual Global Summit

This month, the Women Political Leaders Annual Global Summit will convene more than 300 female political leaders from over 100 countries in Reykjavik, Iceland. Will you be there? If so, we hope you'll join us for a breakfast reception and seminar we're hosting on Thursday 30 November.

2 November 2017

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