Virtual Roundtable: Addressing Threats to Women Political Leaders

Women and Foreign Policy Program

Rising threats and online abuse affect political officials at the highest levels in many countries; studies have documented that women politicians are disproportionately targeted. Sigrid Kaag, deputy prime minister of the Netherlands and leader of the D66 party, recently announced her resignation from Dutch politics after several years of such threats. Minister Kaag and Rose Gottemoeller, former deputy secretary general of NATO, discussed threats to women politicians and the growing phenomenon of toxic politics and how to address these issues.