No Girl Should Be Attacked On Her Way To School. With your support, we can create safer cities for girls.

Jacklin lives in Kampala, the bustling capital of Uganda. She told us a story about the kind of harassment she and her friends face every day.

"I have a friend who was passing near a place where boys were sitting. This boy who came and told her, 'I love you'. She was like 'I don't love you'. The boy said, 'okay. It's okay. You'll see tomorrow when you pass here'.

"The next day she was passing she found like the boys waiting for her, they came grabbed her, beat her up, then they said 'you should never say no to our friend whenever he says he loves you.'They said, 'you have to give him a kiss for you to survive if you refuse we will beat you again'. She had to give the boy a kiss and then walk away."

This behaviour is unacceptable. But it is preventable.

Plan International Australia is working to make sure that girls like Jacklin and her friends know their rights to safety and to move freely about the city without fear. That's why we're working with boys in their classes to; encourage respectful relationships, work with parents to support their children to speak up, work with transport networks and local governments to educate the community about reducing sexual harassment, and to create policys that prioritise the safety of girls.

Sexual harassment and abuse can have lasting impacts on a girl's confidence, behaviours and education outcomes. It changes how she moves in the world, and how she interacts with her peers. It can hold her back from realising her full potential.

But together with you, we can help end the culture of sexual harassment to make cities safer for all girls.
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