Quiz: just how bad is the UK’s sexism problem?

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Laura Bates
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Think you know how bad the UK is when it comes to gender discrimination and sexual violence? Take our quiz to test your knowledge.

It’s 2019, and we’d like to think that things are getting better. Allegations about Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement have seen an unprecedented public conversation about sexual harassment and assault. Yet it remains common to underestimate the true scale of gender inequality and sexual violence in the UK: still people tell us we’re making a fuss about nothing and “women are equal now”. Many of them would be shocked to hear the reality of what is still happening to women and girls today.

Take our quiz and find out just how bad the problem still is.

According to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, around 54,000 new mothers lose their jobs due to maternity discrimination every year. What’s particularly worrying is that this number has almost doubled since similar research was undertaken in 2005.

Question 1/12

How many women a year lose their jobs because of having a baby?

According to Women’s Aid, 1/4 women and 1/2 disabled women experience domestic violence at some point. Given that the rate is twice as high for disabled women than non-disabled, it is particularly concerning that the former often have problems in accessing refuges.

Question 2/12

What fraction of disabled women experience domestic violence?

A study by the TUC and the Everyday Sexism Project found that 52% of all women and 63% of young women have experienced sexual harassment at work. Around one in eight women (12%) have experienced unwanted sexual touching or attempts to kiss them whilst at work.

Question 3/12

What fraction of women experience workplace sexual harassment?

According to Refuge, over two women every week on average are killed by a current or former partner. Statistics show that women are far more likely than men to be killed by partners or ex-partners (44% of female victims compared with 6% of male victims).

Question 4/12

How many women are killed every week by a current or former partner?

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), an estimated 510,000 women experienced sexual assault in the year ending March 2017. Worryingly, over 80% of victims did not feel able to report their experiences to the police.

Question 5/12

How many women are sexually assaulted each year?

Just 24% of the membership of our House of Lords is female (and fewer than one third of MPs in the House of Commons). Research by Amnesty International revealed that female MPs experience a huge amount of online abuse, with women of colour in politics receiving especially high levels.

Question 6/12

What fraction of our House of Lords is female?

According to the Women’s Engineering Society, just 11% of the UK engineering workforce was female in 2017, giving us the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe.

Question 7/12

What fraction of our engineers are female?

The End Violence Against Women Coalition found that almost a third (29%) of girls aged 16-18 had experienced ‘unwanted sexual touching’ at school. Under UK law, this could be defined as sexual assault, suggesting that we're facing a silent epidemic of sexual assault in UK schools.

Question 8/12

What fraction of teenage girls experience “unwanted sexual touching” (a form of sexual assault) at school?

Nearly 3/4 of young people hear verbal sexual bullying - words like 'slut' or 'slag' - directed at girls at school on a daily basis or a few times a week, found a poll. Another survey found that 3/4 of young people had never learned about sexual consent during sex and relationships lessons.

Question 9/12

What percentage of young people hear slag and slut used towards girls at school several times a week?

An ICM poll for the BBC revealed that a quarter of young people were 12 years old or younger when they first saw porn online and a worrying 7% were under the age of 10. By the age of 14 years old, the majority (60%) of young people have seen online porn.

Question 10/12

What fraction of young people first see online porn age 12 or younger?

24% of young women aged 17-19 has a mental illness according to a recent NHS report, which revealed that they are twice as likely as young men to have problems. Experts suggested that social media pressure, abuse and sexual assault may all play a role in the crisis.

Question 11/12

What fraction of young women have a mental illness?

Over 5,500 sexual offences including 600 rapes were reported to police as having occurred in UK schools in the three years leading up to 2015. Breaking this down to an average of 200 per year, and taking an average figure of 195 school days per year, this is just over 5 rapes per school week.

Question 12/12

How many rapes per school week are reported to police as occurring in UK schools?

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