Professor Mona Lena Krook attended the first Conference of Iberoamerican Female Electoral Magistrates in Bogotá, Colombia. There she spoke on violence against women in politics.
The report "Mujeres y Participación Política en Colombia", authored by Rutgers graduate student Juliana Restrepo Sanín in collaboration with the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy, was shared at the conference.
Informed Consent Project
Professor Cyndi Daniels, and graduate student co-authors Janna Ferguson, Grace Howard, and Amanda Roberti, released their study and website in 2016. As Research News at Rutgers explained:
'The study, "Informed or Misinformed Consent? Abortion Policy in the United States," analyzed statements about embryological and fetal development from information booklets produced by 23 states that require informed consent. The study found 31 percent of the information to be medically inaccurate, and that the highest percentages of inaccuracies are found in the first trimester of pregnancy, when 90 percent of women have abortions.'
The story made national news, including at NBC News, RH Reality Check, Mother Jones. Summary of the research and state level information is available on the Informed Consent Project website. The study was also featured in Rolling Stone magazine in March 2017.
UK Liberal Democrat Party cites Rutgers Researchers
Research by graduate student Mary Nugent and Associate Professor Mona Lena Krook was referenced in a motion proposing a new gender quota at the British Liberal Democrat party conference in March. It was also discussed later in the debate on the motion in a speech by party president Sal Brinton in the favor of quotas.
The Liberal Democrats went on to pass the motion introducing all-women shortlists for their candidate selection, having rejected similar motions in the past.
Rutgers at #NotTheCost Campaign launch in New York
Rutgers was well represented at the National Demcoratic Institute's event in New York to launch the #NotTheCost: Stopping Violence Against Women in Politics campaign. Associate Professor Mona Lena Krook served as the 'technical advisor' for the project and worked with NDI on the 'Global Call to Action' launched at the event by Nigerian actress Stephanie Okereke Linus.
The event was opened with a message from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and featured keynotes by Madeleine Albright and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, as well as testimonies and panels from high-level guests from all over the world.
A number of graduate students also volunteered at the event, and Juliana Restrepo Sanin was able to speak to some of the participants for her doctoral dissertation on this topic.