Football Teams Aim To Educate And Empower Female AthletesMargaret Hartmann5/21/09 4:30pmFiled to: Female footballersFootballSoccerAfricaAfrican girlsSportsKenyaUgandaHiv/aids educationHivAidsWomen's Sports6EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkIn a conservative province of Kenya, a football team Unicef organized six years ago to encourage girls to attend HIV education classes has spawned thousands of teams for women.We mentioned earlier that efforts to increase the number of girls' football teams in Uganda are being met with resistance. Many traditionalists in the neighboring country of Kenya were also hostile to the idea when Unicef launched the Ukunda Queens football team in the Islamic province of Kwale, according to The Times of London. "Starting a girls' football league seemed like a crazy idea at first," said Roselyn Mutemi-Wangahu, the team's coordinator, "We had to reach those girls. They don't stay in school or go to organised groups. Their parents keep them at home," she explained. "We had to bring them together to raise their confidence and teach them about HIV. Here, the one thing that brings everyone together is soccer."