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Khayelistha woman teaches girls boxing to fight gender violence

Andiswa Madikane started Box Girls in 2009, but it has only recently been registered as a legitimate non-profit organisation.

Boxing gloves. Picture: freeimages.com.

CAPE TOWN - A Khayelitsha woman is teaching school girls boxing in response to gender-based violence.

Andiswa Madikane started Box Girls in 2009, but it has only recently been registered as a legitimate non-profit organisation.

Andiswa Madikane starts off the lesson with fun and interactive games at Nolungile Primary School in Site C, in Khayelitsha.

Madikane, who learned how to box from the age of twelve at a local boxing gym, says she wants to teach girls to take control of their bodies.

“I started Box Girls because I wanted to empower young girls and women.”

She says the fight to end violence against women should not stop, just because Women's Month has come to an end.

“I think it’s important for them to understand their boundaries and also for them, to understand where they can get help. I think it’s important when we are at these sessions, it’s easy for the girls to share rather than to share with a parent.”

Madikane teaches boxing and life skills, like where to go for help at schools in the area.