Conservative spokesman denounces violence against women

06-Feb-2013 @ 15:0

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Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

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The Conservative spokesman on women’s rights in the European Parliament, Marina Yannakoudakis, spoke out in Strasbourg to condemn domestic violence.

She  said: “There is no justification for violence by one person against another person, especially when the violence is based on fear, vulnerability and control.

“Member states – within the boundaries of their own legal system – must do everything they can to bring abusers to justice.

“The real work must be bottom up. We must educate children about violence. We must raise awareness with women that domestic violence is unacceptable and empower women to understand they don't have to put up with any form of violence.

“We must strengthen institutions, associations and groups who support victims of violence.

"We need more training for professionals – including doctors, nurses and health visitors – on how to identify and deal with violence against women.

“Only by strengthening people's resolve against all forms of violence, by highlighting it as unacceptable in a civilised society, and supporting the resolve by member state driven legislation can we hope to win this battle.”

Mrs Yannakoudakis, MEP for London.  made a separate speech about female genital mutilation the same evening.

She said: “Female genital mutilation is a horrific and violent act committed against young girls and children. In the UK  FGM was criminalised in 1985, yet in the past 28 years there has not been a single prosecution in Britain.

“The UK is often regarded as a ‘soft touch’ for FGM. Well, it’s time to get tough.

“France, for example, whie not having specific FGM legislation, has had hundreds of prosecutions against parents who have let their daughters be butchered in this way.

“I look to other MEPs to join me in the fight against this form of violence, to share their experiences, data, and move towards eliminating this practice in all member states.”

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