Boxgirls – How boxing empowers girls and schools

Boxgirls is an innovative project supported by BMW Stiftung Herbert Quandt aimed at girls and young women. It uses sports to bring about social change and it operates in Berlin Kenya and South Africa.

Heather Cameron is the mind and the “operational arm” of this initiative of social entrepreneurship. What Boxgirls is trying to do is to teach to schoolchildren in Berlin to master difficult situations without falling into violence.

More and more girls are discovering that boxing is more than just a cool sport and that traditional girlish behaviours – avoiding conflicts, being passive and eager to please – won’t take them far. In the Boxgirls training sessions, the 10- to 16-year-olds find out that hard work pays off and gain a sense of their strengths and limitations.

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