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

173,000

People displaced in 2018 due to natural disasters and violence (Internal Displacement, 2019)

66%
Live in inadequate housing (Habitat, 2019)
56%
Of the population in Uganda is under the age of 18

Although the country is now relatively stable following civil war ending in 1986, many people are still being persecuted by government forces. In 2018, authorities acting against international human rights laws left hundreds homeless by forced eviction (Amnesty, 2018).

Uganda has one of the highest population growth rates in the world, meaning rapid urbanization, strained infrastructure and housing deficits (World Bank, 2015). 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).