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80% of Female MPs Have Experienced Psychological Violence

[vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1571412391572{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]80% percent of female Members of Parliament have experienced psychological violence according to a recent book from Dr. Haukur Arnþórsson. The study was conducted by asking females who work or have recently quit working in Alþingi, Iceland’s Parliament. 33 women answered the questionnaire in May of this year, with 76% of them answering, Fréttablaðið reports.

24% of the female MP’s had experienced sexual violence, 24% physical violence, and 20.8% had experience economical violence. Economical violence is defined as when a woman is denied wages or a job position which they have a right to, or if their property is damaged.

Haukur’s research also revealed that women stay for a shorter time in the Icelandic Parliament, as well as revealing that 63.5% of MP’s are considered upper class.

Violence against MP’s more prevalent in Icelandic Parliament

The results from the survey conducted with the Icelandic female MP’s was compared to a 2018 survey conducted on gender-based violence by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, in collaboration with the Council of Europe. The survey questions European MP’s and revealed that 14.8% of MP’s had experienced physical violence, which a rate of 9% less than for female MP’s in Iceland. The rate is also higher for economic violence when the rate for Iceland is compared to Europe, with 11.8% in Europe and 20.8% in Iceland.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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