Poll 6: Is sexual violence against girls getting worse?
WAGGGS went to UN ECOSOC Youth Forum in New York to share your views with Ministers of Youth on SDG 5 and how we can achieve gender equality.
- Do you know a girl/woman who has been a victim of sexual assault or violence?
- Do u think pressuring a girl/woman to have sex is ever justified?
- Do you think sexual violence against girls and women is increasing in your community and the world?
Image credit: U-Report, February 2017
Sexual violence is still a huge issue for young people, with 61% of girls and 49% of boy U-Reporters reporting that they knew a girl or woman who had been a victim of sexual violence. While 73% said it was never acceptable to pressure a girl or woman into having sex, almost 1/3 said it could sometimes be OK. Astonishingly, 75% of U-Reporters polled said they believed the problem was getting worse in both their community and the world.
Fortunately Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting has excellent programmes to help girls, boys and whole communities tackle gender based violence. Check out our Stop the Violence programme and see the U-Report website for full poll results.
How we used the data
WAGGGS joined UNICEF on a panel discussion in an important UN conference on young people and the Sustainable Development Goals called the ECOSOC Youth Forum. We told Ministers of Youth from over 50 countries and other youth leaders how you felt about sexual violence and gender equality. Additionally, we invited them to follow U-Report and make it part of official UN processes to make sure your concerns and solutions to issues affecting your lives are heard!
What you can do next
The UN ECOSOC Youth Forum also hosts an important event called the High Level Political Forum in July, where governments and leaders will meet to discuss sustainable development and how to achieve human rights for all young people. This year one of the Sustainable Development Goals in focus is Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. WAGGGS will be asking you more questions via U-Report to feed into the conference and help make your voice heard!