Legarda seeks stricter enactment of women and children’s rights protection laws


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The three-term Senator also cited that violence against women and children is one of the most pervasive human rights abuses in the country despite laws aimed to prevent it.She further stressed that abuse is unacceptable, women and children have legal rights, and individuals should be punished for violating these rights.

“We have diligently toiled to enact vital pieces of legislation to protect the rights of women and children and to promote their welfare.The greater challenge is to effectively implement these laws and educate them on their rights.Filipino women and children around the country should be aware that they are sufficiently protected under various laws,” Legarda said.

Legarda, the co-author of the Cybercrime Prevention Act, likewise said that law enforcement must use new and traditional policing techniques and comprehensive technical support and assistance in the fight against cybercrimes.She further explained that with emerging technologies, law enforcement agencies also need to keep up with the new methods and devices used by criminals, including the use of smartphones.

“With the presence of technology, an individual’s life can change with just one click of a button or key.Anyone can post malicious rumors and create baseless stories online and may cause permanent psychological, physical, and emotional scars that may haunt them for the rest of their lives.We need to curb cybercrimes and all forms of abuse and violence against women and children.

We need to strengthen our efforts and track down offenders with a sense of urgency,” Legarda cited.

“To strengthen our battle against any form of violence and abuse, especially online, we need to voice our concerns louder, raise awareness, forge public-private partnerships and generate better anti-cybercrime strategies with a broader cyber security perspective.

Let us save our women and children, give them a life free from abuse and violence because they deserve to live their lives peacefully and securely.”


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