NO PLACE FOR HARASSMENT: TAKING #METOO INTO PUBLIC SPACES
There’s no one solution to street harassment and violence, there are many! Working together – with individuals, organisations and individuals playing their part – we can put an end to the harassment and violence faced by girls in our cities.
“I'm tired, street harassment hurts me to the bone. Is it that perhaps they do not realize that their ‘compliments’ hurt? I am starting to be afraid to leave home.” Girl, 16, Lima
Sexual harassment doesn’t just happen in the workplace. Through our ground-breaking crowd-sourced map, we’re taking the momentum of #metoo into public places – like our streets, public transport and universities.
Girls in cities have more opportunities and are more likely to be educated but they face sexual harassment, exploitation, and insecurity as they navigate urban environments.
Plan International research, including the stories shared by girls around the world via Free to Be, shows that:
- Only 3.3% of girls reported feeling safe when catching public transport in Delhi
- 80% of girls in Kampala don’t feel safe in public places
- In Cairo, 32% of girls felt they could never talk to anyone about their safety concerns
- In Hanoi, 39% of girls stated that they never or seldom felt safe when travelling by bus
- 33% of young women in Sydney said they were first harassed between the ages of 11 and 15
The most common forms of street harassment reported in Sydney were: cat-calling (83%), menacing behaviour (55%), being told to smile (44%), having their path blocked (30%), being touched inappropriately (30%), physical violence/sexual assault (10%). In almost all cases, the perpetrators were men (95%).