San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Participation, Politics and Power:
how can we safeguard women's online engagement with the democratic process?
7.30pm, Tuesday 19th November, Attlee Suite, Portcullis House
Chair: Jackie Ashley - journalist and broadcaster
- Professor Mary Beard - Professor of Classics, University of Cambridge
- Caroline Dinenage MP – Conservative
- Chris Bryant MP - Labour
- Helen Lewis - Deputy Editor, New Statesman
- Padraig Reidy - Index on Censorship
The way we engage in political discourse has undoubtedly changed with the advent of a more fluid online social experience. Online forums, blogs, social media and even gaming are continuing to shape how we interact with each other, but more importantly, how we connect with the institutions that represent us in the democratic process. But as political discourse is absorbed within a wider, less streamline online conversation, how can we ensure that the voices of less represented groups are preserved?
Women in public life have faced an increasingly virulent form of online abuse in pursuit of legitimate social and political goals, causing their voices to be sidelined or, worse still, lost. If digital media continue to dominate our interactions and conversations, how can we safeguard women's online engagement with the democratic process? And what will this mean for how we view the Internet?
When & Where
Founded in 1944, the Hansard Society is a charity working in the UK and around the world to promote democracy and strengthen parliaments. An independent, non-partisan political research and education Society, our work is rooted in the belief that the health of representative democracy rests on the foundation of a strong Parliament and an informed and engaged citizenry.