Ógra Aontú message on International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
Ógra Aontú wishes to affirm International Day of Zero tolerance to FGM 2021. Spokesperson for the group and PRO/Treasurer of Aontú Louth, Zoe Chitare, said:
"The Criminal Justice Act 2012 makes FGM a criminal offence with imprisonment of up to 14 years. However, data from the 2016 Census show a 53% increase from 2013 in women who have undergone FGM in our nation. That’s 5,790 women who have experienced this kind of gender based violence".
"As the party of life, economic justice and unity, Ógra Aontú commits to collaborating with grassroots organisations and civil society in our communities, schools and universities in the provision of access to support networks, counselling for victims and vital education as well as training for key professionals towards identifying and tackling this horrific abuse of Human Rights", concluded Zoe.