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
Estimated 500,000 rapes annually
57 rapes per hour
Almost 1 rape per minute
1 in 4 girls stands the chance of being raped before the age of 16.
Out of 786 boys interviewed
stated a girl can get raped if she wears a skirt or goes out at night alone
of boys claims that being involved in a violent act makes them feel happy
Our participants at GFSA agreed
I feel more confident and I want to play football more often.
I think that women have the same rights as men
I think it is good that we only train with girls
I think that a woman can be a good president
Participating in sport encourages body ownership and a healthy body image, two important factors crucial to the development of girls and young women.
Sport encourages teamwork, determination and a collaborative effort to support each other.
Sport also provides an accessible platform to explore integral issues such as HIV/Aids, a girl's right to say “No”, health and sexuality, and challenges girls and young women face.