Geraint Davies Labour and Co-operative MP for Swansea West is today supporting International Day of the Girl This is a UN-led campaign 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”.
Geraint Davies MP said: “I want girls in Swansea growing up knowing they won’t face discrimination because of their gender and never fearing violence will be used against them.
“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 as well as a growing number who are victims of so called revenge port, that’s why I have introduced a Bill to tackle it.
“Many women and girls in Swansea and thousands up and down Britain have been affected by so-called revenge porn where former boyfriends upload intimate pictures or videos online or even threaten to do so if the former girlfriend won’t have sex.
“It’s a permanent breach of privacy causing ongoing pain and anxiety as more and more people see the pictures for arousal or ridicule and it can even threaten future relationships.
“We cannot turn a blind eye to this growing violence. That is why I am is putting this issue centre stage in my work in Parliament”