K4L & GIZ launch Champions United
Kick4Life has launched Champions United, a new project aimed at promoting gender equality and tackling Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) through football.
Champions United is funded by GIZ Lesotho and will run until December 2019. At least 500 adolescent boys and young men between 13-19 years will receive information and training on gender equality and gender rights, challenging stigma around the role of women and girls in society.
The project runs alongside our existing programme - Girls United - which aims to empower girls and young women with knowledge and life-skills related to upholding gender rights, sexual and reproductive health and challenging VAWG.
Further, the programme sessions will create safe spaces for adolescent boys and young men to discuss difficult topics, such as VAWG in the home, as some of them may be direct or indirect victims of it as well.
Training of Coaches and Ambassadors is now underway with project delivery set to commence shortly.
Co-founder Steve Fleming said: "It is vital that in challenging gender inequality and promoting gender rights that we work with both boys and girls. Football is such as a powerful way of engaging young people in exploring these subjects."