New laws needed urgently to tackle online violence against women and girls, says UN rights expert

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New laws needed urgently to tackle online violence against women and girls, says UN rights expert

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States around the world must act urgently to introduce new legislation to stamp out online and information and communications technology (ICT) facilitated violence against women and girls, which is yet another way in which their human rights are being violated, a UN expert has said.

“New forms of internet-facilitated violence against women have been emerging, but most States still fail to recognise the problem in digital spaces as a ‘real’ form of violence,” said Dubravka Šimonović, the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, in a report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

“There is now an urgent need for specialised national legislative and policy measures based on existing human rights instruments. Technology companies now have tools to empower women and girls to achieve a fuller realisation of all their human rights and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, including gender equality and the elimination of all forms of gender-based discrimination and violence,” the expert pointed out.

Click here to read the full article published by OHCHR on 20 June 2018.

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