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Grassroot Soccer’s project Equalize! focuses on shaping positive and equal gender norms and improving sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) among adolescent boys and young men (ABYM) in South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The ultimate goal of Equalize! is to promote gender equality and SRHR by working with ABYM to build their assets around SRHR, increase their access to high impact health services, and promote their adherence to positively protective and healthy behaviours. Grassroot Soccer will implement its all-male, gender transformative curriculum, SKILLZ Boy, delivered by young men trained as peer educators and mentors, “Coaches.”

Utilizing football-based metaphors and activities to engage ABYM, the curriculum is designed to reflect the unique needs, interests, and health behaviours of ABYM, challenging ingrained negative gender norms, promoting positive masculinity, and complementing the all-girls curriculum programme delivered in the same countries. Leveraging the demand generated by the curriculum, GRS will hold football-based health events to provide access to SRHR services to both participants and their broader communities.

What the project delivers

Education of youth leaders and a program with information about SRHR for boys in South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Why we support this project

To prevent sexual assaults is of global interest. Through involving boys and men in the work for equality, Grassroot Soccer contributes in the long term to development and safety for everybody.

Project time status


This project started in October 2018 and ended in March 2020

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