Gender inequality is a persistent and potent problem of the twenty first century and the statistics reveal time and again the scale of the issue that has still to be resolved. Discrimination and oppression based on gender presents itself as an issue across the world, within the UK and within our schools. At Bold Voices we believe the place to start the fight against inequality is through the education of young adults.

Women in the twenty first century, young women, a new generation of women, have started speaking out longer and stronger for social and sexual equality, for justice and freedom. Speak out. Let courage call to courage everywhere.
— Jeanette Winterson, The Richard Dimbleby Lecture BBC1

The global issue

Women around the world aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war and malaria. (UN)

62 million girls are denied an education all over the world. (USAID)

At least 1000 honour killings occur in India and Pakistan each annually. Honour based crimes are those often carried out by the family or community of a victim. (HBVA)

More than one-third of the world’s countries do not have any laws prohibiting sexual harassment at work—leaving nearly 235 million working women vulnerable in the workplace. (World Policy Analysis Centre)

One in three women worldwide have experienced either intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. (WHO)


the issue in school

One third of 16-18 year old girls have experienced 'groping' or other unwanted sexual touching at school. (YouGov)

Half of girls quit sport at puberty due to a lack of confidence. (#likeagirl campaign)

44% of young people have themselves experienced one or more of the following behaviours in a relationship: being yelled at, humiliated, hit, kicked, slapped, pressured into having sex, pressured into getting married, threatened or checked-up on regularly. (Tender)

Nearly three-quarters (71%) of all 16-18 year olds (boys and girls) say they hear sexual name-calling with terms such as 'slut' or 'slag' used towards girls at schools on a daily basis or a few times a week. (YouGov)

1 in 5 teenagers have been physically abused by their boyfriend or girlfriend. (NSPCC)


the issue beyond school

Research in the UK has found that more than half of all women and nearly two thirds of women aged 18-24 said they have experienced sexual harassment at work. (TUC)

Nearly 50% of men think women are well-represented in leadership in companies where only one in ten senior leaders is a woman. (Women In The Workplace)

Men are more likely to perpetrate violence if they have low education, a history of child maltreatment, exposure to domestic violence against their mothers, harmful use of alcohol, unequal gender norms including attitudes accepting of violence, and a sense of entitlement over women. (WHO)

We’ve been doing diversity and inclusion work for half a century. Yet here we are in 2018 and still only 6.4% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women.
— Tina Tchen