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EU Law Fights Gender Violence

The European Union recently passed the first law that is devoted to ending violence against women. Women in the EU now have increased protection from gender-based violence, as the legislation requires the criminalization of genital mutilation, forced marriage, and cyber harassment. Domestic violence victims now have a more streamlined process to report crimes, and all acts of violence against women carry harsher criminal sentences. Beyond physical violence, the law also combats the non-consensual sharing of intimate images and online stalking. This groundbreaking legislation sends a strong message to perpetrators that violence against women is a serious issue with strong consequences, and is a major step in the fight for gender equality. 

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