Boxgirls, South Africa

Boxgirls South Africa supports women and girls using boxing programmes as a catalyst for social change in their communities. They seek out the most dangerous areas to locate their projects and are very proud to be on the front line fighting gender based violence. Together with sister projects in Nairobi and Berlin, Boxgirls South Africa works with primary schools and boxing clubs to bring self-defense and leadership training to girls and young women in disadvantaged communities. They are currently in informal settlements around Cape Town in Witsand (Atlantis), Mfuleni and Khayelitsha.


  • increasing girls' ability to defend themselves against gender based violence
  • sensitising communities about gender based violence
  • leadership development training for the girls and youth women
  • developing linkages from disadvantaged communities and schools to local universities for girls' with academic talent
  • creating economic opportunities for grassroots clubs and the girls who train there
  • intercultural exchanges with other Boxgirls project in country and internationally
  • development of pathways for talented girls into the Olympic boxing performance programmes
  • developing female coaches, officials and administrators for Olympic boxing
  • creating media materials - videos etc. to increase awareness of the value of sport for girls and women's rights