LIBE II Factsheet

Fact Sheet

The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs II

Cybersafe: The CYBERSAFE Toolkit provides information and tools to prepare and facilitate workshops on the issues of gender-based online violence, in order to raise awareness and to encourage and support young people in safe and responsible online behaviour.  

Directive on E-Commerce: This Directive sets harmonised rules for electronic commerce and explicitly refers to the liability of service providers. As per the Directive, service providers are liable to remove or disable access to illegal content hosted on their platforms as soon as it comes to their knowledge. 

EU Strategy on Victim Rights 2020-2025: It is the first-ever strategy on victims’ rights, which aims to ensure that all victims of all crimes can enforce their rights, no matter where in the EU or in what circumstances. The strategy aims to empower victims of crime, and enable Member States, EU instruments and civil society to work together for the enforcement of victim’s rights. It also aims to provide a safe environment for victims to report and communicate their circumstances, improve support and protection, facilitate access to compensation and strengthen the international dimension of victims’ rights. It was adopted on 24 June 2020.

The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention): It is the first European multi-country treaty on combating violence against women and domestic violence. The Convention sets out minimum standards for signatories regarding prevention, protection and  prosecution of violence against women and domestic violence. Several articles of the Convention can be also applied to the specific topic of digital violence. 

The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE): The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have assigned the Institute with the central role of addressing the challenges of and promoting equality between women and men across the EU. To support better-informed policy-making, EIGE contributes to the promotion of gender equality in Europe through delivering high-level expertise to the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Member States and enlargement countries.

The European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA): The EU Agency for Cybersecurity contributes to EU cyber policy, enhances the trustworthiness of ICT products, services and processes with cybersecurity certification schemes, cooperates with Member States and EU bodies, and helps Europe prepare for the cyber challenges of tomorrow. Through knowledge sharing, capacity building and awareness raising, the Agency works together with its key stakeholders to strengthen trust in the connected economy, to boost resilience of the EU’s infrastructure, and, ultimately, to keep Europe’s society and citizens digitally secure.

The European Research Council: The European Research Council is a public body for funding of scientific and technological research conducted within the EU.

The Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme: It is a funding initiative by the European Commission which aims to contribute to the further development of an area where equality and the rights of persons, as enshrined in the Treaty, the Charter and international human rights conventions, are promoted.

Women Against Violence in Europe (WAVE): It is a formal network NGO composed of European women’s NGOs working in the field of combatting violence against women and children. The WAVE Network aims to promote and strengthen the human rights of women and children, and works closely with multiple NGOs across the EU to promote online safety from gendered abuse. 

Women’s Aid: It is a grassroots federation working together to provide counselling, legal aid, awareness and support to victims of offline and online domestic abuse in the United Kingdom (UK).