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Mar 19, 2020

Promoting Gender Equity - 16 days of activism

From October 2019 to February 2020, our project staff and participating girls kept engaging in a variety of activities in order to promote gender equity in South Africa:

 

Summary regular project activties 2019:

In 2019, 130 girls participated in Boxgirls Afterschool Clubs. The afterschool activities are run twice a week in 3 different primary schools in Kahyelitsha (Lulleka P.S. Chumisa P.S. and Vuzamanzi P.S. This year we partnered with another local girl empowering NPO Thope Foundation to join the best of our two programmes. Sessions were held Tuesday to Friday in each school semester combining sports and life skill training (teenage pregnancy,substance abuse prevention, career choices, goal setting,)

16 day of activism:

During the 16 days of activism we joint other NPOs from the community to jointly advocate on womens rights. The 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on November 25, the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women. It runs until December 10, Human Rights Day. We offered sports and our participants were able to showcase their learnings to community members.

 

Girls in the Lead Workshop:

On November 28th, we hosted a Workshop, funded by the international Network Girls in the Lead, a network that supports organizations working in the field of gender and sport for development. Our workshop was welcoming 10 participants from different organizations to discuss how to create gender awareness among coaches. During the workshop, the role of coaches in regards to gender equity was discussed and the different participating organisations supported each other in regards to tackling gender stereotypes within their target groups and their community. 

 

Ongoing activities in 2020

In 2020, we still run our home work club on a regular basis. Additionally, it is planned to host another workshop in cooperation with the network Girls in the Lead. Within this cooperation a manual for gender equity through sports is currently being produced and shall be published this year.

 

We thank all donors for the ongoing support. Without your help our work would not be possible. Let's keep raising our voices in order to reach gender equity in sports.

 

Thank you!  

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Mar 16, 2020

RespAct - starting 2020 with new energy!

RespAct at ONE BILLION RISING in Berlin
RespAct at ONE BILLION RISING in Berlin

2020 started with new energy and great project activities in order to support children in order to stand up for their communities:

The first months of 2020 RepAct implemented project activities all around the topic of gender. gender equity is one aspect that can be achieved by sport for development activities. On one hand, gender equity means providing participation opportunities for both boys and girls and providing sports structures that allow every individual, regardless of their skill level and physical condition, to participate in sports safely and to have a positive experience from it.

Participation in working groups:

In order to leverage the impact of RespAct and to work needs-based, RespAct continues to be part of different working groups that try to improve and develop social sporting structures in Berlin, such as a working group on "girls and women in sports" or a working group on the topic "sports and integration". RespAct continuously engages in these working groups in order to work closely with other relevant partners that successfully use sports as a tool for social change.

RespAct workshop on gender equity:

Additionally, sports can be used to educate boys and girls on gender equity. Accordingly, our RespAct multiplier hosted a workshop with children in grades 5-7 on the topic "Respect through Sport". The workshop was part of ONE BILLION RISING Berlin. It took place at a pre-vent of a big flashmob at the Brandenburger Tor organized by the GSJ, an organization for youth, sports and social work in Berlin.

Through sports and cooperation exercises, the workshop taught the pupils respectful communication and positive group cooperation. Mutual esteem and group cohesion, regardless of gender, origin and sporting talent, were strengthened. 17 boys and girls from different schools and one teacher took part in the workshop.

Flashmob at Brandenburger Tor:

And of course, at the 14th of February, the RespAct Team took part in the big flashmob at the Brandenburger Tor with girls from the local handball club SG NARVA. Besides the dancing itself, the girls learned valuable information on violence prevention against girls and women. RespAct supports the message of ONE Billion Rising and is excited to be part of it again next year! 

We are looking to reaching more girls and young children in order to support children to stand up for their communities.

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Oct 15, 2019

Health, Safety and Education

Girls at Holiday Club
Girls at Holiday Club

Another half year with exciting programmes and more strong girls for more safe communities! Once again, following our goal of empowering girls and young women to broaden their current and future opportunities, we offered programmes that focussed on strengthening knowledge of safety and health, developing the self-esteem, violence negotiation skills and social capital of girls.  

 

Girls Go Forward in Afterschool Clubs 

We successfully further implemented the Girls Go Forward project in partnership with the Thope Foundation that continued this October at the Vuzamanzi Primary School, Lulleka Primary School and Chumisa Primary School. Within the afterschool clubs the participating girls were taught in self-esteem, body awareness, violence negotiation skills and social capital by providing life skill training with box exercises and sport games. On the weekends this was complemented with the Boxgirls’ Maths and Sport hubs 

 

Active holidays with the Holiday Club 

Another holiday club took place in October where the alumnae of our Afterschool Clubs and girls from the surrounding communities were offered an intense course of the condensed life skills programs of Thope Foundation and Boxgirls’ sports program. It was great to see how the girls learned how to concentrate on their goals and to gain trust in themselves to reach them. After the Holiday Club they were ready to share their learnings with the community.  

 

Ubuntu – “I am because we are” 

In September we attended the Laureus Sport for Good South Africa Summit 2019 in Cape Town organised by Laureus South Africa. For three days all Laureus partners came together to network, discuss, talk about their work and share their knowledge. During workshops, talks of guest speakers and presentations we felt how this year’s theme “Ubuntu” - the universal bond that connects us all – was more than just a saying but the premise to change the world through sport.   

Girls at Holiday Club
Girls at Holiday Club
 
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