Women Empowerment through Boxing!
Our “Boxeo Para la Vida Project” (“Boxing for Life”)We are busy setting up boxing classes for girls and women. Women in Colombia have historically faced massive inequality, which has been worse than countries like the Netherlands. Today, Colombian women want their voices to be heard. Our foundation is committed to helping women become more confident and empowered. By providing boxing classes to girls and young women we will support them in becoming stronger and more vocal in their communities.
By providing girls and young women boxing lessons, a usually male-dominated sport, we will show women that they can do much more than they think and support them in shattering the glass ceiling. Our boxing coaches will teach participants to set boundaries and to discover for themselves where those boundaries are. Unfortunately, there is a lot of (sexual) violence and abuse in these neighborhoods. Through the weekly lessons we will create a safe environment where the girls and women can be themselves, be allowed the opportunity to openly express their thoughts and emotions in healthy ways, and learn to deal with their feelings and any previous trauma that they may have experienced. This holistic approach will help them feel comfortable in their bodies and in their minds. We want to give the participants the feeling that they are seen and listened to.
The teachers are also from this neighborhood so they know the struggles of living there. Next to this we also create jobs for the teachers so this will empower them to support their families.