The Minister of Justice, Naomi Long, has stated that, subject to Executive approval, legislation governing the new offence will be included in a Miscellaneous Provisions Justice Bill early in 2021.
Said Miss Durkan: “This new legislation is most welcome in terms of addressing a gap in protection for women and girls.
“In the absence of specific legislation, females have found themselves to be vulnerable to this cause of violation in workplaces, schools, social settings and elsewhere.
“Upskirting- the invasive activity of taking photos or videos under clothing without consent- is already a criminal offence in neighbouring jurisdictions.
“Indeed, much can be learned from the practical workings of legislation in other regions to ensure maximum protection of the safety and dignity of women here.”
Cllr Durkan added: “The plans for this legislation follow rigorous campaigning on this and other issues in recent years.
“In particular, the campaign led by teachers’ union NASUWT NI has effectively highlighted the need for change in this area while identifying deficiencies in relevant legislation in other regions.
“We now look forward to details of the legislation being the subject of full scrutiny and due consideration at the Justice Committee and Assembly.”Tags: