We recently asked over 1,000 young people living in the UK’s biggest cities how safe they feel and what would make a difference to their feeling safe. This online survey was commissioned by Plan UK to promote the launch of their report ‘State of the World’s Girls 2010 – Digital and Urban Frontiers: Girls in a Changing Landscape’. Both this report and the survey findings are part of Plan’s “Because I am a Girl” campaign to fight gender discrimination and maltreatment. The campaign aims to transform the lives of children who are fed less, denied the chance to go to school and whose rights are violated simply because they are girls.
We found that almost half of teenage girls living in cities don’t feel safe going out after dark, whilst 42% knew someone who had been assaulted. Nine of ten girls questioned said more police on the streets would make them feel safer, while 91% said better street lighting would make a big difference.
The research gained a phenomenal amount of press coverage, in national newspapers, local, and online, including the Guardian, BBC News online, BBC Radio 1 and 5, Marie Claire and a number of local newspapers. For more details see: Girls feel unsafe article – The Guardian