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Senate approves the Olimpia Law to punish digital violence in Mexico

After almost a year of joint legislative work between senators from all political forces, activists and social activists, this Thursday, the Senate of the Republic approved in general, with 87 votes in favor, the Olympia Law so that digital violence against of women is punishable throughout the country.

The approval was given amid applause from those present in the Upper House and additions were pending that were presented to the draft opinion by the PAN senators, Xóchitl Gálvez and Damián Zepeda.

“We send a message that all political forces, despite their differences, are in favor of the eradication of violence against women,” asked Senator Martha Lucía Micher, president of the Gender Equity commission and principal promoter in the Legislative, arguing in favor of the approval of the Olympia Law.

“Today we honor the memory of women victims of femicide and we tell women that those who experience acts of violence are not alone Long live the butterflies.”

This Wednesday, in committees and today in the Plenary of the Senate, sanctions were approved for harassment, harassment and dissemination of sexual content through the Internet or social networks and attacks against women in the media.

It contemplates penalties of 3 to 6 years in prison for aggressors, obliges internet pages to block content and immediately notify users when they incur violations; it includes digital as a new form of violence, and adds that which takes place in the media.

As part of this opinion, it is established that judges and public ministries may immediately order that companies such as Facebook or Twitter, or any Internet page where these contents are distributed, interrupt, block, destroy or delete these files; Furthermore, users who share them must be immediately notified that the content will be disabled by court order.

The opinion that was approved includes digital as a form of violence that encompasses all acts of violence against women, girls and adolescents that occur in this area. Violence was also incorporated in the media and did not contemplate the proposal of the Chamber of Deputies, as well as the classification of these acts of violence in the Federal Criminal Code, so that they are punishable throughout the country.

Based on this reform, the General Law on Women’s Access to a Life Free of Violence establishes that digital violence is any malicious action carried out through the use of information and communication technologies to expose, distribute, disseminate, exhibit, transmit, market, offer, exchange or share images, audios or videos of sexual content of a person without their consent.

Digital violence is also considered to be those events that cause psychological or emotional damage to women both in their private life and in their image; or malicious acts that damage their privacy, privacy or dignity and that are committed through said technologies.

Media violence is committed when any communication medium promotes sexist stereotypes, advocates violence against women and girls, produces or allows the production and dissemination of sexist hate speech, gender discrimination or inequality between women and men, which cause harm to women and girls.

“The only person responsible is the perpetrator. Olimpia has given the fight, has organized with civil associations and groups so that today 25 states have their own legislation to sanction this type of violence. Although the promulgation of state laws is important, Justice cannot wait for the remaining states to adapt their regulations. One of the great virtues of this ruling is that it seeks to ensure that the victims of all states can make these violations of their rights justifiable, “said Nancy de la Sierra Arámburo. (PT).

“We vote for justice, so that no one goes through the violence that is being experienced today in the digital world. Our aggressors have a first and last name, every blow counts but we have to stop. No more internet as the dark and dead-end alley,” he said Senator Indira Kempis Martínez (MC).

“It could be called the Olimpia Law, Alejandra, Ana who denounced those horrible facts. There is no sanction that can compensate the damage they cause to women. This law had to reach the Senate of the Republic because other women suffer it”, said Verónica Farjat (PVEM).