A study of 55 women members of parliament (MPs) from across the globe reveals that the majority have experienced death threats, rape threats and other forms of psychological violence.
One young woman from the United States has been telling the UN what it takes in her view, to become a civic leader.
Hariella Lawson, 17, says that the key is being open to any opportunities that may arise.
Women in Botswana face a “rough political arena,” but the government of the Southern African country says it is trying to increase their representation in parliament.
Currently just five of a total of 57 parliamentarians are female.