More than eight out of ten young people are willing to get involved in supporting girls' rights.
The U-Report survey showed that 87% of young people are willing to commit to girls' rights and inspire them to play an active role in the community.
On the International Day of the Girl, UNICEF Haiti conducted a survey in collaboration with U-Reporters on the theme of "Positive Masculinity." The goal was to gather the perspectives of young people on the roles of girls and boys in Haitian society. Over 8,200 young people participated in this survey, with 54% being boys and 46% being girls.
Among the respondents, 73% of young people believe that there are significant differences in the abilities of girls/women and boys/men. However, these differences are not necessarily linked to inherent abilities. Some young people pointed out that girls are under more pressure today, sometimes feeling more vulnerable than boys. For example, Sabrina mentioned that she sometimes wishes she were a boy to escape humiliation, but she ultimately takes pride in being a girl because she believes that women hold great value.
This finding is supported by the fact that 78% of participants believe that men generally exhibit different behaviors, particularly in cases of violence. According to Sabrina, men often harm women, especially during crises. There is a deep gap between reality and stereotypes, where differences between men and women are often the result of social, cultural, and environmental factors
Nonetheless, in an ever-evolving society, an increasing number of young people are advocating for gender equality. In the survey, 65% of young people are aware that girls/women can play the same roles as boys/men in society. Some young people highlight that women contribute to the well-being of their families and are actively involved in various fields such as sports, the military, entrepreneurship, and more. They firmly believe that women can excel in any endeavor they undertake.
To challenge preconceptions, 33% of boys express their readiness to stand up for women's rights, with 31% of them prepared to offer moral support to girls in their pursuit of their full potential. In the quest to promote gender equality, men and boys are encouraged to commit to the cause of equality, empowerment, and the development of women and girls, while opposing all forms of violence against them.
Within the community, U-Reporters concentrate on advocating nonviolence, raising awareness about the repercussions of violence, and engaging in educational efforts to transform social norms that tolerate or encourage violence, all while acknowledging the individuality of each person.