This year we conducted a study with Our Watch into Australian girls’ perceptions of spaces after dark. The results showed that one third of the girls don’t feel safe in public places after dark.
“The data tells us girls think the responsibility for violence or sexual harassment towards women and girls rests with them and not the perpetrators of the crimes,” says Plan International Australia Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Susanne Legena
“It’s disheartening that so many girls think they’re better off staying at home than doing things as simple as catching public transport on their own.”
– Susanne Legena
Global research conducted by Plan International reveals girls feel similarly unsafe in cities in Ecuador, Pakistan, Nicaragua, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Peru, Vietnam and Egypt. Many of these countries have higher rates of actual violence than in Australia. Girls feel safer in Nicaragua than in Australia, with 23 percent believing they shouldn’t be outside after dark.
The survey, conducted by Ipsos, interviewed 600 Australian girls and young women aged 15-19 from all states and territories. The results were published in the report 'A right to the night: Australian girls’ on their safety in public spaces' which gained nationwide media coverage and was featured on the front page of The Age and across radio and digital media.
You can download the report at this link: Download the report.