Plan International UK have been tirelessly campaigning for the last three years to pass a bill to protect girls and young women in the UK from sexual harassment; after a poll indicated that only 1 in 20 girls feel completely safe in public spaces.
Plan International UK have written:
We did it! After years of tireless campaigning by girls and youth activists, the Protection from Sex-Based Harassment in Public Bill will become law! This is a significant moment towards making the UK’s streets safe for girls and women with the issue of public sexual harassment finally being taken seriously.
We hope it creates a shift in how public sexual harassment is dealt with in society. But our fight doesn’t end here. We’ll be making sure that this new law is implemented effectively, giving girls the route to justice that they are being promised.
Thank you to all the girls who have stood up to share their stories, raised their voices and taken action for change. And thank you to everyone who signed our petition, emailed their MP or sent messages of support to our youth activists. This campaign wouldn’t have happened without all of you. When we all work together, we can create real change for girls.
You can read more about the campaign here.