Anneliese Dodds MEP

The South East's Voice in Europe

International Day of the Girl

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Anneliese backs International Day of the Girl, a UN-led initiative to raise awareness of gender inequalities and abuse suffered by girls around the world. 

This year the theme is "Empowering adolescent girls: Ending the cycle of violence".

Anneliese said: "I'm really pleased to be supporting International Day of the Girl. Providing equality in education for girls is incredibly transformative, not just in the UK but across the world.

"No one should be held back because of their gender and that's why I have spent years campaigning to improve girls' to access educational opportunities, end violence against women and stop the gender pay gap. As your MEP you can be assured that I will continue to fight hard on these vital issues and for full gender equality."

Labour has made stopping violence against women and girls a key priority. Earlier this year, Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper MP announced that a Labour Government would bring in a new piece of legislation to give better support to victims of violence and bring perpetrators to justice.

Labour has committed to:

- Introducing a new Commissioner of Domestic and Sexual Violence to sit at the heart of Governmentand 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

New FGM Protection Orders to stop children suspected of being at risk of FGM from being taken abroad.

Seema Malhotra MP, Shadow Minister for Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls said: "The global level of violence girls in our country is horrific. All too often rape and violence are used as weapons of war and in many countries discrimination against girls is deeply embedded in the national culture. International Day of the Girl is an important moment where we can stand side-by-side with women and girls across the world and say: 'we will not stand for this. We want change.'

"And we need change in our country too. Teenage girls and young women are now the most likely group to be victims of domestic violence, thousands of girls are at risk of FGM and NUS report a growing number of sexual assaults at university.

"We cannot turn a blind eye to this growing violence. That is why Labour is putting this issue centre stage of our plans for Government."

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