Stopping Street Harassment
Thanks to our players, Plan International UK are shining the spotlight on street harassment and gender inequality
October 8th, 2018
Global children's charity Plan International UK aims to give every child the same chance in life.
For over 80 years, the charity has been working to transform the lives of children and their families in 54 of the world's poorest countries, helping them move from a life of poverty to opportunity.
They are experts in girls' rights and recognise the power and potential of every child. Through developing long-term partnerships with local communities, and delivering programmes that build local skills and knowledge, the charity addresses the root causes as well as the symptoms of poverty and inequality.
Players of People's Postcode Lottery have now raised more than £4.5 Million for Plan International UK, helping to improve the lives of some of the poorest and most marginalised young people in sub-Saharan Africa.
From supporting brave girls facing child marriage in Tanzania, to protecting refugee children separated from their families while fleeing conflict in South Sudan, players across Great Britain are making a huge difference to those most affected by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination.
Closer to home, players are also supporting the charity's UK programmes and campaigns to help shine the spotlight on the situation for girls in the UK.
This year, to mark International Day of the Girl on 11th October, the charity has launched a new report on the impact of street harassment on girls and young women in the UK.
Across the UK, girls are being harassed in the street every day. Girls feel unsafe, they are changing their daily routines to avoid certain public spaces and forms of transport. Research from the charity reveals that more than a third of girls have been sexually harassed on the street, and more than two-thirds have received sexual attention, such as being groped, catcalled and wolf-whistled in public.
Siam provided a personal example of street harassment. She said, "I get wolf whistled like a dog. But I would have brushed that off as a part of daily life. Sometimes you can put yourself in more danger if you do retaliate against some guy. Every part of you wants to say something, or fight back or something, but you know that you're safer if you just do the polite smile and walk on."
Support from our players is enabling the charity to tackle the root causes of gender inequality by listening to the challenges girls like Siam face growing up in the UK.
It's not OK for girls to accept street harassment as a part of growing up. Show your support and help make UK streets safer for girls.