Cynthia Coredo is the Program Director at BoxGirls Kenya. Boxgirls Kenya is a not-profit community organization that wants to create positive social change through boxing and education. In this interview, Cynthia tells the story of how BoxGirls started and how the girls and young women going through the boxing training develop confidence in themselves, self-defense skills while also breaking down stereotypes about what women can achieve.
BoxGirls Kenya has trained over 800 adolescent girls and young women from slums around Nairobi and different rural communities.
Beyond teaching young girls to throw a good punch, BoxGirls Kenya teaches them computer literacy and leadership skills as well as what their sexual and reproductive health and rights are.
For International Women’s Day, the Young Feminist Wire packs a punch with this interview with BoxGirls Kenya.
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