Boxgirls Nairobi organises boxing and self-defence training for 800 adolescent girls and young women from disadvantaged backgrounds in the slums of Nairobi. Boxgirls’ mission is to create a world where women and girls lead dignified lives in secure communities, are valued as equal members of society, and have control over their sexuality and economic development.
Boxgirls uses the sport of fists as a tool to build girls’ confidence, self-esteem and leadership as well as enable them to achieve their aspirations and goals. They serve girls from more than five slum neighbourhoods, including Korogocho, Kariobangi, Kibera, Huruma, Mathare and Dandora.
Boxgirls is particularly successful at challenging gender norms in the community. The organisation frequently hosts outdoor boxing tournaments to engage the community in watching girls participate in what is often considered a male sport. Boxgirls uses the ring as a platform for educating the community through, for example, role-play on issues girls face in the community.