YOU’VE STEPPED INTO THE SHOES OF A WOMAN.
A pounding heart at every strange noise, a firm grip on a mobile phone and keys interwoven between fingers. Second-guessing clothing choice, walking routes, the hour of the night…
Young women everywhere are changing their behaviour in order to feel safer at night. These small acts might seems harmless, but what they really mean is that young women feel like they don’t belong in their own cities the same way that men do.
Ever wondered what women listen to when they walk alone at night?
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NOW IT’S TIME TO STEP UP.
We’re really glad you’re here. Because we need more people like you to step into the shoes of young women, and help make public spaces safer for everyone.
Plan International Australia works alongside children, young people, supporters and partners to tackle root causes of the injustices facing girls and the most marginalised children. Our recent report Unsafe in the City tells us young women have avoided going to school or work because they feel unsafe getting there and back, making existing inequalities even worse. So we have been working with young people here and overseas to identify how we can make cities safer and more inclusive for everyone.
In order for that to happen, we need men to do their part. We’ve asked the young women we work with here in Australia to tell us the small but important things men can do to help everyone feel safe at night.
TIP 1: KEEP YOUR DISTANCE
TIP 2: DON’T RUN UP FROM BEHIND
TIP 3: DON’T STARE
TIP 4: KEEP COMMENTS TO YOURSELF
TIP 5: KEEP YOUR MATES IN LINE
TIP 6: BE AN ACTIVE BYSTANDER
TIP 7: SHARE THE WALK
Want to do more? Listen to our podcast, Sexism and the City on Spotify where we take a deep dive into city safety and harassment with host Jan Fran, talks with guests about making cities safer for everyone. You’ll hear real, tangible ways you can get involved and support girls globally.
Walk Like a Woman is a pro bono campaign created for Plan International Australia by our friends at Cummins&Partners to raise awareness around helping women feel safer when walking alone at night.
The tips for what men can do to help women feel safer have been developed by the young women we work with here in Australia.