Sinn Féin MLA and Junior Minister Jennifer McCann has called for stronger action to tackle all forms of violence, abuse and discrimination against women and Young Girls.
Speaking following a meeting with the UN Rapporteur on Violence Against Women Rashida Manjoo she said:
"In today’s world women and young girls continue to suffer horrendous forms of violence and abuse because of their gender.
“The inequalities and discrimination, which allows them to be raped, beaten, trafficked and mutilated on a daily basis, must be challenged by everyone.
“It is a chilling fact that more women and young girls between the ages of 15yrs-44yrs die due to gender-based violence than they do from cancer, malaria, traffic accidents or war combined.
“Reports have indicated that the trafficking of women and girls to Ireland and within the country for sexual exploitation has increased significantly in recent years.
“One in every five women here will be a victim of violence and abuse by a partner or ex-partner at some time in their life.
|There is a responsibility on us all to continue to raise awareness of these crimes. We must ensure the necessary steps and actions are taken to eradicate gender based violence." CRÍOCH/ENDS