BoxGirls Kenya uses boxing to impact girls to be sporty, secure and healthy and also be lifted as leaders and solution builders in schools and their communities. The programme works with girls and young women to break the silence on sexual abuse, to promote economic justice and to ensure that there is a critical mass of people supporting girls and young women’s freedom and social justice.
In all the programmes and activities sport remains the entry point, the kind of boxing is girl-friendly and not violent, stresses speed and accuracy, rhythm and good footwork.
Problem to be tackled
BoxGirls Kenya’s priority is to see that girls and young women from the marginalised communities of Kenya are reached and informed on their rights hence increasing their opportunities of being great leaders who influence positive social change within their communities and also being women with strong personalities and able to achieve their aspiration. The programme encourages the beneficiaries to understand and take care of their bodies and eat wholesome affordable and health promoting food. The activities enable girls and young women to be more aware of their sexual and reproductive health and rights, to understand issues related to sexuality and to know where to report cases of sexual abuse.
BoxGirls Kenya implement various programmes using the sport of boxing with the following main objectives:
- promote sport (boxing) to challenge stereotypes related to gender and sport,
- increase girls’ security by encouraging and facilitating discussions related to sexual and reproductive health rights, prevention of sexual abuse and their ability to relate positively to their bodies,
- develop and activate girl’s leadership and entrepreneurships and
- build critical awareness of key stakeholders (e.g. parents, teachers and community leaders) to question gender and sexual stereotypes, stigma and taboos related to sex and sexuality.
Beneficiaries are girls and young women between the ages of eight and 23 years from marginalised and lower income communities in western Kenya and urban slums of Nairobi.
For the programme year 2018/2019, The SOL Foundation assists BoxGirls Kenya in the further development of their actual programme – mainly strategically, to increase the power and visibility of their work and especially to add new elements to enhance the existing model of support and to continue to optimise and amplify their mission of reaching out to as many girls as possible.
Boxgirls Kenya is a grass roots community-based organisation in Nairobi/Kenya; its vision is a society in which every girl has the power to take advantage of every opportunity or create opportunities for her and for others. Its mission is to create a world where women and girls lead dignified lives in secure communities, they are valued as equal members and have control over their bodies.