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WOMEN LAWMAKERS ADVOCATE FOR ANTI- CYBER BULLYING LAWS 

…To help end insults against women on social media

The Caucus for the Women Parliamentarians says it will sponsor a private member motion that will protect women from cyber bullying during the coming sitting of Parliament.

Caucus Chairperson Nkandu Luo said there is need to have laws that will deal with cyber bullying against women.

“Let us not insult other people in the name of Freedom of Speech. Because even the same person you are insulting has rights. We need to know where our rights end,” she said.

Prof. Luo added: “Some postings we see on Social media are something else. I remember someone even insulted my spectacles. I looked at that and I was really mesmerised. How can someone insult my spectacles, what have they done? We need to bring this to an end.”

The Munali lawmaker hoped that Transport and Communications Minister Mutotwe Kafwaya as well as his National Guidance and Religious Affairs counterpart Godfridah Sumaili will support this motion as she believes it will help protect women’s rights and help bring back the social fabric in societies.

Meanwhile, Chief Government Spokesperson Dora Siliya said government is concerned that the bullying of women has been easy with others accusing women of prostitution without evidence.

Hon. Siliya also reiterated Prof. Luo’s sentiments and added that the move will make sure that there is a fast tracking of these cases because evidence is there online.
She further called on members of the public to desist from using social media to insult the Head of State, Ministers, Political leaders and mere citizens on social media.

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Written by Mainga Munsanje

The author is a Communications Expert and holder of a Bachelor's Degree in Media and Communications and Business Administration from the University of Zambia (UNZA).

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