I am pleased to support the International Day of the Girl campaign, on 11th October 2014.
This is an important UN-led initiative to raise awareness of gender inequalities and abuse suffered by girls around the world and this year’s theme is “Empowering adolescent girls: Ending the cycle of violence”.
The Labour Party has made stopping violence against women and girls a key priority for our programme for Government. Earlier this year, Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper MP announced that a Labour Government would bring in new legislation to give better support to victims of violence and bring perpetrators to justice. And in the summer the Party appointed Seema Malhotra MP as the first ever Shadow Minister for Preventing Violence against Women and Girls.
The Labour Party has committed to:
- Introducing a new Commissioner of Domestic and Sexual Violence to sit at the heart of Government and ensure victims voices are being heard;
- New national standards for policing to drive up performance across the board;
- Introducing compulsory sex & relationship education in all state-funded schools, so young people are taught that no form of violence in relationships is acceptable;
- A new £3million annual fund for refuges supporting victims of domestic violence; and
- New FGM Protection Orders to stop children suspected of being at risk of FGM from being taken abroad.
I want girls in Enfield North growing up knowing they won’t face discrimination because of their gender and never fearing violence will be used against them. It is so important that we continue to fight for gender equality and continue speaking out against violence and discrimination – in our local area, but also across the country and internationally too.
This is an incredibly important cause and that’s why a Labour Government – and a Labour MP in Enfield North – will make it a priority.