Standing up to antisemitism at the Sara conference

I was proud to stand with colleagues and pledge to speak out and take action against antisemitism and misogyny. It is vital to our public life that young women, be they Jewish, or from any other minority background, are not dissuaded, deterred or otherwise afraid of being fully involved in our democracy and putting themselves forward for public office.

I know from personal experience that anti-Jewish hatred exists and takes its toll. I also know that for the sake of future generations I must stand up and challenge it.

New research shows that female Jewish politicians were 15 per cent more likely to be targeted by users of a leading hard-right website than male Jewish politicians. That is why we have a particular responsibility to call out and oppose this gendered hate.

I joined colleagues from across the political spectrum at the first global Sara conference and pledged ‘to stand in word and deed, against antisemitism towards women.’

Former Google data scientist and bestselling author Seth Stephens-Davidowitz carried out the new research for the Antisemitism Policy Trust and Community Security Trust, and concluded that women with political power from across the world are ‘particularly subject to antisemitic abuse.’

The Sara Conference marked a global first. The one-day event was named after the foremother of the Abrahamic faiths and in recognition and to reclaim the name for those Jewish nazi victims forced to adopt it if their name sounded ‘non-Jewish’ in origin.

The event brought together fellow MPs, government officials, regulators, academics and NGOs in a display of intersectionality between antisemitism and misogyny with a focus on online abuse, and barriers to public life.

The Sara conference marks an important stage in pushing for urgent change.