End street harassment #OurStreetsToo

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We call on Member States of the United Nations to support girls and women around the world by protecting us from harassment and assault in our streets. Girls and women experience harassment in the streets in a variety of ways including inappropriate touching, catcalling, leering and assault.

In 2017 the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, the largest movement of girls in the world working with 10 million girls in 150 countries conducted a poll and found that of 7000 young people who responded 70% said the streets are the most unsafe place to be a girl. They received over 400 drawings from around the world in which girls depicted the violence and harassment they experience when occupying public spaces. This is unacceptable.

We call for the criminalisation of street harassment and prosecution of perpetrators. Girls and women cannot feel safe in a culture where impunity thrives and perpetrators are not held accountable for their actions. Sign this petition to ensure that girls can lead a life free from violence and harassment. 

Goal 5 of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development calls for an end to all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere in the public and private spheres. It is time to turn your commitments into action.

No girl or woman should feel unsafe or experience harassment in the streets; after all, these are our streets too.