In South Africa the consequences of harmful gender norms are severe, particularly for girls. These power imbalances result in widespread acceptance of violence against women, and low self-esteem, early exposure to sex and increased risk of HIV. In Khayelitsha alone, a reported 15.1% of girls aged 16 to 18 have dropped out of school, for reasons including poverty, family commitments, performance, disability, illness and teenage pregnancy.
Khayelitsha’s first all-girls football team, RV United, has three divisions, junior, regional and SASOL League, and uses football to encourage physical health, self-esteem and equitable gender norms for girls and young women.
The team takes a holistic approach to player development, and Senior RV players coach younger female players in football skills, confidence, health and school performance.
A world-class football club enhancing the lives of women and girls.
To enrich the lives of women and girls by providing them a positive and elite football experience, supportive community, and the skills and opportunities they need to thrive in football and life.
Commitment, Teamwork, Discipline, Resilience, Empowerment