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”:

Women politicians are judged more harshly online than their male peers on appearance and marital status, according to an international study comparing how male and female politicians are treated on social media…

"Sexism and abuse are everyday occurrences for many female politicians who are active online," said Eva Barboni, founder of Atalanta, a British group that aims to boost the number of women in senior government jobs.

 "This takes a heavy toll on both the politicians themselves and on our broader democratic debate, particularly when it escalates from harassment to threats," she said in a statement.

Read more about the report, released in collaboration with BrandsEye on Thomson Reuters Foundation News.

Eva Barboni