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NI female MLAs daily battle with sexism revealed with quarter victim of harassment


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Parliament Buildings at Stormont, which was given ‘a clean bill of health’ by one MLA

Parliament Buildings at Stormont, which was given ‘a clean bill of health’ by one MLA

SDLP MLA Cara Hunter

SDLP MLA Cara Hunter

Economy Minister Diane Dodds

Economy Minister Diane Dodds

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon

DUP MLA Paula Bradley

DUP MLA Paula Bradley

Abuse: Naomi Long says the worst sexism can be found on social media sites

Abuse: Naomi Long says the worst sexism can be found on social media sites

Parliament Buildings at Stormont, which was given ‘a clean bill of health’ by one MLA

More than a quarter of female MLAs have been sexually harassed during their political life, according to a survey carried out by the Belfast Telegraph.

And we can reveal that 70% have had sexist remarks made to their face by men, and three-quarters have experienced sexism on social media.

A total of 27 of Northern Ireland's 32 female MLAs took part in the survey. Of those who responded, seven (26%) said they had been sexually harassed during their political career at either council or Assembly level.