Our Story


The Story of Boxgirls International

Boxgirls began in 2001 to offer self-defense training to young girls in Berlin’s inner city neighborhoods of Kreuzberg and Neukölln. Over time the programme developed into a community organization that offered a safe space for women and girls in Berlin to train, learn, and grow.

In 2005 Boxgirls was selected as a model project by United Nations International Year of Sports and Physical Education. The success of the programme soon bled into an international effort with the creation of a partnership between Boxgirls and local activists in Kenya. Together, we created Boxgirls Kenya which serves underprivileged girls and women living in some of Nairobi’s toughest neighborhoods.

Boxgirls South Africa (BGSA) began in 2009 when we were invited to work with primary schools in the township of Khayelitsha in Cape Town, South Africa. Since then, we have expanded our work from operating in 5 primary schools to having 20 active partnerships in 2016. By early 2017 BGSA is projected to be operational in roughly 90% of the primary schools in Khayelitsha.

Today, our administrative office in Berlin offers logistical and administrative support to our current programmes in Germany, South Africa and around the world.