Uganda

Girls Kick It

Since 2006, Girls Kick It have used football to tackle inequality between young women and men and enable young girls and women to become empowered in their lives and in their community.

Northern Uganda is still recovering from a civil war, and development is hindered by the inequalities faced by women and girls. GKI engage young women through football, and once they are engaged, encourage them to learn from life and business skills programmes. Participants of GKI report increased self-esteem, desire to postpone marriage, and stronger problem-solving skills.

Organisation Details

Participants

Girls and women, often former child soldiers or survivors of sexual violence

Locations

14 locations across Northern Uganda, with plans to expand to 25

Homelessness Statistics

3%
Of the population was homeless in 2000
500 000
On insecure accomodation
56%
Of the population in Uganda is under the age of 18

Although the country is now relatively stable, many people still suffer the trauma of having been abducted as children by the Lord’s Resistance Army during the country’s brutal civil war (BBC, 2015).

Homelessness has been growing steadily in urban areas since the 1980s. In 2000, an estimated 3% of the urban population was homeless (United Nations, 2000).
According to the 2014 Census provisional results, about half a million people counted had no household, which includes those living in hotels, institutions, and homeless or floating population.

More than 56% of Ugandan population is under the age of 18, which makes children and youth particularly vulnerable to homelessness (Human Rights Watch, 2014).