North West MEP Julie Ward shows her support for International Day of the Girl, a UN-led campaign to raise awareness of gender inequalities and abuse suffered by girls around the world.
The theme of this year's International Day of the Girl is "Empowering adolescent girls: Ending the cycle of violence".
The Labour Party has made stopping violence against women and girls a key priority for their programme for Government. Earlier this year Labour committed to bringing in new legislation to give better support to victims of violence and ensure that perpetrators face justice.
Julie Ward MEP, who sits on the Committee for Gender Equality and Women's Rights in the European Parliament, said:
"Girls across the North West should grow up without fear of discrimination or violence because of their gender. But it's not just a problem here at home, globally the level of violence against girls is horrific. Rape and violence against women are used as weapons of war in conflicts throughout the globe and discrimination is deeply entrenched in many cultures.
"International Day of the Girl is an important moment where we can stand side by side with women and girls across the world and demand change."
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 and relationship education in all state-funded schools, so young people are taught that no form of violence in relationships is acceptable
- A new £3 million 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
"We cannot turn a blind eye to this growing violence. That is why Labour is putting this issue centre stage in our plans for Government and its why I and my colleagues on the women's rights committee in the European Parliament are raising it at the European and global level."