How much do you know about street harassment? | ActionAid UK

Street harassment isn’t just a problem in the UK. It’s one of the most pervasive forms of violence against women, a global epidemic that violates women’s rights and holds them back from socialising, working, learning – from living their lives to the full. None of this is acceptable.

The first step to tackling violence is to understand just how widespread it is. With International Safe Cities for Women Day on Saturday 20 May, we’re raising awareness about the reality of violence and harassment around the world. Do you know just how widespread violence against women is? Take the quiz to find out, and share to spread the word.

Young Brazilian woman walks alone through dark city streets in Heliopolis, São Paulo, as part of ActionAid's Safe Cities campaign
Ninive is a student and Safe Cities activist, campaigning against street harassment in Heliopolis, São Paulo

Answer: 15 seconds.

In poor, urban areas such as many parts of São Paulo, women are at even higher risk. They are twice as likely as men to experience violence.

Answer: 1 in 3.

According to the World Health Organisation, violence affects one in three women or girls. The true amount is likely to be even higher because of under-reporting.

Answer: More than 40%.

In a YouGov poll commissioned by ActionAid, 43% of women in Britain said they had experienced street harassment or violence before the age of 18, and 12% had experienced it before age ten. This was higher than in Thailand (8%) and India (6%).

Ansewer: All of the above.

According to YouGov/ActionAid polling, 76% of women polled in Thailand had been harassed in the past month, as had 57% of women in Britain, and 73% of women in India.

Answer: 8 in 10.

In ActionAid’s YouGov poll, 8 in 10 women said they took measures in their everyday lives in anticipation of harassment or violence. Answers included carrying attack alarms or pepper spray, avoiding public transport, or deciding not to attend an event altogether.