Final Evaluation: SKILLZ Street Plus (South Africa)

Authors/editor(s): Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), Dr Adam Cooper, Dr Benita Moolman Additional fieldworker: Mbali Matandela

Location: South Africa

Grantee: Grassroot Soccer

Grant Period: 1 December 2013 – 3 November 2016

Grant Amount: $510,525

Grassroot Soccer implemented the “SKILLZ Street Plus” project for three years in South Africa, working with girls and boys. The project focused on helping girls aged 13 to 16 to choose intimate partners who respect gender equality in relationships and to prevent and address violence in their lives. It combined soccer with an educational curriculum that tackled intimate partner choice, gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Main findings of the evaluation:

  • Girls reported that they talked to family and friends more frequently about sensitive gender-related issues after graduating from the project.
  • Many of the boys demonstrated impressive attitudes about gender equality and said that men should not be violent towards women. 
  • The involvement of coaches appeared to foster socio-emotional growth among the participating boys and girls, and was an effective strategy for working with young people.

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Bibliographic information

Geographic coverage: Africa; South Africa

Subject area(s): Ending violence against women and girls; Rape/sexual assault; Sexual harassment; Domestic violence/interpersonal violence; Gender, culture and society; Sports; Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Gender discrimination; Gender equality and inequality; Gender mainstreaming; Gender power relations; Men and boys (masculinity); Human rights; Fundamental freedoms; Women’s rights; Rights in marriage; Monitoring and evaluation; Partnerships; Civil society; Youth; Adolescents; Girls; Trust funds; UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women

Resource type: Evaluation reports

Publication year: 2017

Publishing entities: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)