Combatting gender based cyberviolence

Empowering Women Against Online Violence

In the ongoing battle against gender-based cyberviolence, we introduce Ms. Deqa Yasin, the former Somali Minister for Women and Human Rights. She found herself targeted by a vicious and deeply personal onslaught, including severe abuse and death threats on social media. Her offense? Advocating for the Sexual Offences Bill (SOB) to combat gender-based violence in Somalia.

In November 2022, Ms. Yasin took a bold step by initiating a criminal case at the Palace of Justice in The Hague against a Somali Dutch citizen responsible for some of the cyberviolence directed at her. The court rendered a verdict of guilt against the perpetrator.

Deqa's courage empowers women to speak out against online violence and aspire to leadership roles. Her story highlights the need for safer digital environments while respecting freedom of expression. Join us in amplifying her message in condemning online violence against women.

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