Panafrican News Agency

UNSMIL urges authorities to adopt legislation protecting women from online violence

Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has encouraged decision-makers to enact laws that protect people, especially women, from online hate and violence and make it easier to report abuse.

"No one should face online hate and violence," UNSMIL said in a tweet on Friday.

The UN mission stressed the need to establish simple mechanisms to report hate speech and violence on the Internet and to protect women's right to freedom of expression.

UNSMIL announced that it had brought together women activists from across the country to call for an end to online violence and harassment against women in support of the UN's 16 Days of Activism Against Women campaign.

UN Envoy to Libya Abdoulaye Bathily said that like many countries around the world, Libya needs to establish a strong legal system to address violence against women and girls, including the enactment of appropriate laws to ensure the protection of victims of violence.

The laws also ensure the provision of appropriate services to women and girls to support them and help hold perpetrators accountable.

"Women should be empowered and protected to express their views on political, economic and social developments in their countries," Bathily said on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

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