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Expert Survey: Girls' Safety in Cities Across the World

Overview

Expert Survey: Girls' Safety in Cities Across the World

Plan International surveyed almost 400 experts in 22 cities across 6 continents. This survey is the first of its kind to examine the safety risks facing girls and young women on such a large scale, highlighting the universality of the dangers girls face in cities across different societies and cultures.

As part of the research, experts were asked to contribute solutions as to how their city could be made safer for adolescent girls and young women. 

Executive Summary

According to the experts

  • Stockholm is the safest city for sexual harassment and for girls to leave the house alone or use public transport
  • Cairo is the city with the most ineffective laws and policies around girls' safety
  • Istanbul is the city where girls' views are taken on board in policies and planning about safety the least
  • Tokyo is the safety city for theft or robbert but also the city where girls have the least opportunity to participate in decision-making about safety
  • Hanoi is the safest city for sexual violence
  • Kampala is the city where girls are most at risk of kidnap and murder
  • Johannesburg is the most dangerous city for theft and robbery and sexual assault/rape
  • Lima is the most unsafe city for a girl to leave the house alone or use public transport, both at night and during the day