U-Report survey on gender equality

Almost half of the young people were harassed due to their gender

UNICEF
29 June 2020

62% of young people interviewed by UNICEF through the U-Report platform believe that, at this moment, in Romania, girls and boys do not benefit of equal opportunities and treatment. Half of the respondents know concrete examples in which adolescents among their friends have faced difficult situations or differentiated treatment due to their gender grounds.

Among the main problems that teenagers face due to the fact that they are girls or boys are: the pressure related to physical appearance (32%), the difference in expectations and encouragement between what girls and boys can do (29%) or online harassment (19%). Other problems are related to harassment at school and outside the school and differences in opportunities they can benefit of.

 

42% of respondents said they were harassed or assaulted on gender grounds.

One third believe that being a girl or a boy has so far influenced their parents' expectations regarding home and school behavior, 15% teachers' expectations regarding school behavior and learning results, 18% the choice of school and extracurricular activities in which they were involved, 16% their relationships with friends.

The vast majority of respondents (92%) believe that equal opportunities between girls and boys is a matter that should be discussed at school.

Only 38% believe that the Romanian school promotes equal opportunities and treatment between girls and boys and the overwhelming majority of respondents (92%) believe that equal opportunities between girls and boys is a matter that should be discussed in school. Young people would like to receive information on how to recognize situations of discrimination and harassment in everyday life, how to promote equal opportunities or how to recognize and address gender stereotypes. Almost a quarter of respondents want to know more about the human body and health education. More than half (55%) want this information to reach them through group discussions with experts, 29% through group discussions with teachers, and 11% would like to be informed through social media channels.

 More than half (55%) want the information to reach them through group discussions with experts.

În privința recentei adoptări de către Parlamentul României a amendamentului la Legea educației care interzice schimbul de informații privind egalitatea de gen în școli și universități, 48% dintre respondenți au declarat că sunt la curent cu această chestiune, iar 52% sunt îngrijorați sau preocupați de acest lucru.

 


La sondajul U-Report au răspuns peste 2.800 de copii și tineri din toată țara, cei mai mulți (86%) având între 15 și 19 ani. Trei sferturi dintre respondenți – 1952 de persoane – sunt fete și doar 700 băieți.