IRELAND: Dublin MEPs Give Their Backing To Anti-FGM Campaign
The campaign is being endorsed by all of the outgoing Dublin MEPs – Eoin Ryan (Fianna Fáil), Gay Mitchell (Fine Gael), Proinsias De Rossa (Labour) and Mary Lou McDonald (Sinn Féin) and by Green Party European election candidate Senator Deirdre de Burca.
Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said International Women’s Day offered an opportunity to remember the women who experienced sexual violence.
The aid organisation released a report showing it provided healthcare to almost 13,000 victims of sexual violence in countries such as DR Congo, Burundi, Colombia, South Africa and Sudan. Its report, entitled Shattered Lives, emphasised the effectiveness of assault victims receiving emergency medical treatment within the first 72 hours after a sexual assault.
MSF said the emergency care needed for victims of rape was either very rare or absent in the countries where it operated.
SOURCE: The Post
AUTHOR: Susan Mitchell
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