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 Kenya started and how the girls and young women going through the boxing trainings 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 how to spar and 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.
Photo: Sarah Ndisi is a 25-year old Kenyan professional boxer in the feather weight category, ranked 37th in the world. In this photo, she teaches school girls in Kenya the basics of boxing. Credit: BoxGirls Kenya