Safe Spaces Now

Making every UK space safer for every woman. Now.

How safe did you feel the last time you walked home?

Almost every woman knows what it’s like to walk home with their keys between their fingers, phone in hand, glancing behind every 10 seconds.

We turned that feeling into data.

On 10th March 2021, we released a report revealing the prevalence of sexual harassment across the UK.

This data was made up of our audience’s stories, of what they’d experienced, and it was shared so many times that it reached over 1 billion people online:

  • Over 70% of women in the UK say they’ve experienced sexual harassment in public
  • Only 3% of women aged 18-24 told us they hadn’t experienced any of the behaviours we asked about
  • This is a global issue – almost 9 in 10 women in some cities around the world feel unsafe in public spaces
  • Every 10 minutes, somewhere in the world, an adolescent girl dies as a result of violence

Data from YouGov Survey of over 1,000 women, commissioned by UN Women UK in January 2021.

When you don’t feel safe – whether it’s on your journey home, at your place of work or in a public space – your movements are restricted.
Your life gets smaller.

It shouldn’t have to be that way. This is how life could be instead: safe, open and inclusive for all

Imagine a world where…

…you felt safe, no matter what space you were in

…you could go anywhere you choose, without fear of harassment

…you could go out at any time you choose, without worrying about what might happen

What would you do?

Except, the systems currently in place to reduce violence and harassment aren’t working

Only 4% of women told us they reported the incidents of harassment to an official organisation – with 45% of women saying they didn’t believe reporting would help change anything.

We need a whole system change.

Introducing: Safe Spaces Now

A programme working to create a world where women and girls feel safe in public spaces, across the whole of the UK

When we released our report on the prevalence of sexual harassment back in 2021, we knew the story didn’t end there. We needed solutions.

These solutions needed to be designed alongside the people needing them the most. People like you.

Together with our supporters, we brought together 400 women and girls in design thinking workshops to create a blueprint for a safer reality.

The result? 150 solutions for change. We took them to Parliament and asked the UK’s leaders to take action.

Those solutions are now becoming a reality. We’re bringing together governments, local authorities, public services, transport providers, event organisers and many more. To start changing the way the UK’s public spaces are set up for women.

Behavioural change workshops with key stakeholders in public spaces Bystander and prevention training for stakeholders and supporters alike New skills to change mindsets, intervene and support others