Table 1

Sexual harassment prevalence, timing and changes relative to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions among AGYW, 2020 (n=612)

Weighted % (n)
Experienced in past 12 months18.1 (118)
Timing relative to COVID-19 restrictions; among those who experienced past-year sexual harassment (n=118)
 Pre-COVID-19 only14.6 (11)
 Post- COVID-19 only18.8 (20)
 Both time periods66.6 (87)
Changes in occurrence since COVID-19 restrictions; among those who experienced sexual harassment both prior to and during COVID-19 restrictions (n=87)
 No change44.7 (41)
 Decreased occurrence20.5 (17)
 Increased occurrence34.9 (29)
Overall increase in sexual harassment since COVID-19 restrictions began, among those who experienced past-year sexual harassment* (n=118)
 Increase42.0 (49)
 No increase58.0 (69)
  • *New or increased sexual harassment since March 2020.

  • AGYW, adolescent girls and young women.