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McInnes welcomes new moves to educate schools on FGM

February 10, 2014 8:58 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes hasAlison McInnesAlison McInnes today welcomed an announcement that head teachers in schools across Scotland will be asked to train staff and educate parents about female genital mutilation (FGM).

Speaking earlier this week during a Scottish Parliament debate on the international day of zero tolerance towards FGM, Ms McInnes urged the Scottish Government to show leadership by ensuring that it resources the robust response that is required to end the risk for children who are living in Scotland.

Ms McInnes said:

"Following the parliamentary debate on female genital mutilation, I welcome the swift response of Scottish Ministers to our call for action. Equipping schools with information and resources is crucial if we are to end the risk for children who are living in Scotland.

"I hope that this is the first step of action on a path that must lead towards building a fairer society where girls and women have the right to control their own bodies and live free from the fear of violence."