Unsafe in the City shines a light on the relentless sexual harassment and abuse that is the daily norm for so many young women and girls on our city streets. This is the first in a new series of the State of the World’s Girls reports from Plan International. It presents a worrying rise in intimidation and insecurity which is preventing girls from realizing their true potential in our urban spaces.
We heard the same story in each of the five cities we surveyed (Delhi, Kampala, Lima, Madrid, and Sydney): young women are frightened for their physical safety, and angry that this harassment and bullying is not taken seriously. Harassment should not be seen as part of a “normal” life for girls and young women. It is not harmless fun. It is frightening, disempowering, and completely unacceptable.