We can’t keep letting women politicians be abused online

Words of condemnation will not be enough to stem the tide of sexist, misogynistic abuse

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Justice Naomi Long has expressed concern that women may think twice about pursuing a career in politics, owing to the volume abuse directed at women politicians. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Justice Naomi Long has expressed concern that women may think twice about pursuing a career in politics, owing to the volume abuse directed at women politicians. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Justice Naomi Long has expressed concern that the torrent of sexist and misogynistic abuse being levelled at women politicians on social media may make women “think twice” about pursuing a career in politics.

The Minister aired her concerns after being subjected to what was described as a “vile misogynistic” pile-on following the Stormont Executive’s decision to roll out a mandatory vaccine passport. The flood of targeted offensive language was widely condemned by her peers as well as the wider public, but words of condemnation will not be enough to stem the tide of sexist and misogynistic abuse. Easily dismissed and ignored by some, abuse threatens to corrode women’s political potential from the inside out.

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