Marie Claire (South Africa) - - HEALTH -

South African girls face a range of chal­lenges, among them teenage preg­nancy, HIV/Aids, rape and gen­der vi­o­lence. Recog­nis­ing these as prob­lems that stand in the way of girl em­pow­er­ment, Girls & Foot­ball SA be­came in­volved in rais­ing aware­ness about the is­sues that af­fect the devel­op­ment of young girls. The pro­gramme has cre­ated girls-only safe spa­ces, reach­ing 3 000 girls through its sport, me­dia and ed­u­ca­tion plat­forms. It con­sists of a six-part cur­ricu­lum fo­cus­ing on preg­nancy, safe sex prac­tices and eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment.The aim is to equip girls with skills and tools to live a healthy life. This five-time award­win­ning NGO has cre­ated change and aware­ness in the lives of girls both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. Many more have ap­pealed to Girls & Foot­ball SA to work in their com­mu­ni­ties. Giv­ing teenagers ac­cess to sport and other ex­tra­mu­ral ac­tiv­i­ties is a valu­able way of keep­ing them off the streets, while of­fer­ing them the op­por­tu­nity to learn team work, ded­i­ca­tion and goal-set­ting. Girl­sand­foot­

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