Girls & Football

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Our Goals

Meet Apiwhe

  • Apiwhe

Apiwhe has been a football player for two years. She always practices with her brothers but hasn’t had the opportunity to play sports the way they do.

Where she lives in Kayamandi, South Africa, there’s not even a league for girls. That’s why we work with girls like Apiwhe. We want to make sure she has an equal opportunity to participate, both on and off the field.

Our Mission

Why Football?

When a girl plays sports, she is more likely to perform better in school.

When she performs better in school, she is less likely to become pregnant as a teenager. She makes healthier choices, is more likely to have a high self-esteem and contributes positively to society.

In South Africa

½ M

Estimated 500,000 rapes annually

57 Rapes

57 rapes per hour

1 Rape

Almost 1 rape per minute

1 in 4 Girls

1 in 4 girls stands the chance of being raped before the age of 16.

Out of 786 boys interviewed

62%

stated a girl can get raped if she wears a skirt or goes out at night alone

35%

of boys claims that being involved in a violent act makes them feel happy

GFSA Research through key informant interviews and with support from Mxit on why boys and men believe there is violence against girls and women.


Our participants at GFSA agreed

93.1%

Through GFSA I feel more confident and I want to play football more often.

75.9%

I think women have the same rights as men

89.7%

I think it is good we only train with girls

79.3%

I think a woman can be a good president

Source: 2012 GFSA M&E, Khayelitsha South Africa

Highlights

Latest News

  • WomensDay-5
    Kickin It on Women’s Day with Fives Futbol and Cato Bekker
    August 10, 2014

    On Women’s Day in South Africa and to honor the women who paved the way before us, Girls and Football SA organized a girls’ football… Read More

  • National Womens Day
    Two days to go: Does National Women’s Day Matter?
    August 7, 2014

    We have noticed significant change in awareness levels around the importance of access to sport for girls and women. Though we firmly believe this is… Read More

  • Banyana
    The African Women’s Championship in Namibia
    July 30, 2014

    The African Women's Championship will be taking place between the 11th and 25th of October, in Windhoek, Namibia. The top three countries will immediately qualify… Read More

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Thanks to you, we’ve reached 3,000 girls in South Africa.
And we won’t stop here.

Help Girls & Football build a stronger South Africa by working with even more girls.

Football

$15

buys one ball for a team

Clipboard

$75

provides training materials for 3 female coaches

Bus

$250

provides 5 trips for 10 volunteers to rural communities

Flag

$3,000

covers workshops at a girls' tournament

Our Stories

Why I Love Being a Girl


'Corrective' Rape


Dlala Ntombazana & Fran Hilton Smith


Programs

Awards

Best Documentary, Festival du TV et Cinema Lebanon
Women Deliver
2012 Winner of Girl Effect
ICESSD Best Research Paper
Winner of Sport & Buisness Challenge
Microsoft YouthSpark

mGirls

Our Team

  • Jos Dirkx
    Founder & Director
  • Myrna Lemmen
    Project Manager
  • Nancee Selana
    Workshop Leader
  • Shaunie Matsolo
    Workshop Leader
  • Fran Denton
    Content Co-Creation

Our Board

  • Fran Hilton-Smith
    Fran Hilton-Smith
  • Phumzile van Damme
  • Scarlett Cornelissen
    Scarlett Cornelissen
  • Ilse Pienaar
    Ilse Pienaar

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(+27) 72 3749878

186 Bree Street, 8001 Cape Town, RSA

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