From a Member of Parliament demanding that women get paid less because they are ‘less intelligent’ to a female MP being called a ‘straat meid’, we round up some of the most sexist moments in recent politics.

1. Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump’s stature as a sexist has long exceeded his reputation. But Trump’s cringeworthy meet-up with German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week, which went viral, saw him refusing to shake her hand; ignoring suggestions that he greet Merkel with a handshake, as he would any other head of state.

Feminist and Guardian columnist Jessica Valentina tweeted:

2. Janusz Korwin-Mikke

‘Women must earn less because they are weaker, they are smaller, they are less intelligent. They must earn less. That is all,’ a Polish politician said in Parliament earlier this month. In a debate on the gender pay gap, Janusz Korwin-Mikke didn’t mince his words. But thankfully the Parliament didn’t either, when they suspended him for his misogyny.

3. Phumzile van Damme

DA’s Phumzile van Damme was at the receiving end of sexism remarks earlier this year at the President Zuma’s State of the Nation Address. ‘She’s a straat meid!’ ANC’s Mervyn Dirks reportedly branded her a straat meid (a sex worker).

‘His label of me was quite despicable and is typical of men who think women should be demure, agreeable and never raise their voices,’ Van Damme told Daily Maverick. ‘It is also a term reserved for black women, and is therefore not only deeply sexist, but also racist. I do expect an apology from him. Not only to me, but all women he insulted. He ought to be ashamed of himself.’

4. Mhairi Black

UK’s Scottish National Party MP – who at 22 the youngest MP in Parliament since 1667 – Mhairi Black, has never held back when speaking out about issues within Westminster, such as misogyny, and even calling the House of Commons a ‘depressing‘ place.

‘It is a complete boys club, totally,’ she said in an interview. ‘But even when I’m there, I’m taken aback by – in the first instance, how patronising some folk were, and in the second instance how sexist people were. It’s subtle sexism, but it still exists. The arrogance and the “darlings” and the “oh don’t worry yourself” and all this rubbish… it’s so excluded from reality.’

5. Jacob Zuma

Excusing the seriousness of sexual harassment, President Jacob Zuma recklessly stated in March this year that ‘When men compliment you innocently, you say it’s harassment. You will miss out on good men and marriage.’ The president was speaking in Nkandla, and drew criticism from the public and the opposition. ‘The president is really undermining the laws of this country that seek to protect the citizens of this country and deal with sexual violence against women and children,’ Sonke Gender Justice spokesperson Nonhlanhla Skosana said in a report.

‘We are rated the highest in the world in terms of sexual violence against women and children so I think he would be a bit sensitive… I feel that he really ignored and undermined the situation women are in.’