May 30, 2024

European Union adopts first law devoted to tackling violence against women.

  • The sweeping law aims to protect women in the 27-nation EU from violence.
  • It aims broadly to protect women from gender-related violence, encompassing a variety of offenses includes forced marriages, female genital mutilation and online harassment.
  • The law criminalizes cyber stalking, cyber harassment and cyber incitement to hatred or violence across the EU.
  • It sets minimum sentences, ranging from one year to five years in prison, depending on the crime.

ABOUT EU

  • The European Union (EU) is a unique economic and political union between 27 European countries.
  • It was formed after World War II to foster economic cooperation and prevent further wars.
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