Stand with girls to end street harassment

Stand with girls to end street harassment

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GIRLS SPEAK OUT ABOUT STREET HARASSMENT

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.”  Girl, 16, Lima

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. Our ground-breaking crowdmap – Free to Be – gave girls the chance to share their experiences of public places – like our streets, public transport  and universities.

Girls and young women living in Delhi, Kampala, Lima, Madrid and Sydney contributed more than 21,000 testimonials to Free to Be. The analysis of their stories in our report, Unsafe in the City, found that in all five cities, boys and men grope, chase, stalk, leer at, verbally insult, and flash girls and young women.

It found this behaviour is condoned by society with authorities rarely taking action, and bystanders usually doing just that – standing by. This forces girls to adjust their behaviour to protect themselves.

DOWNLOAD THE GLOBAL REPORT: UNSAFE IN THE CITY

DOWNLOAD UNSAFE IN THE CITY: SYDNEY

IT ENDS WITH US

Girls can’t end harassment on their own - everyone has a role to play in making cities safer and more inclusive places.

Whether you’re making a commitment as an individual or getting your CEO or MP to stand up for change, together we can stand up and declare that our cities belong to everyone.

The more commitments, the clearer the message that no one should be made to feel unwelcome or unsafe in a public place.

Individuals

Pledge to stand with girls against street harassment.


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Organisations

Make a commitment to help end street harassment as an organisation, business or government body.

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MOMENTUM IS BUILDING

Check out what governments and organisations are doing to make cities safer, more inclusive places for everyone.

WHAT IS FREE TO BE?

We are campaigning to end harassment thanks to the thousands of girls around the world who shared their stories through Plan International’s Free to Be maps.

Free to Be was designed in collaboration with CrowdSpot, Monash University’s XYX Lab and, crucially, young women. It’s a crowd-mapping tool that enabled young women in Sydney, Delhi, Kampala, Lima and Madrid to identify and share public spaces that make them feel uneasy, scared or happy and safe. It has empowered young women in these cities to call out unsafe experiences and geographically identify spaces where change needs to occur.

View the archived maps here:

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