Our commitment to the visibility, voices and rights of girls

To mark International Women’s Day, we are reaffirming our commitment to gender equality for all girls, but especially street-connected girls worldwide.

There are up to an estimated 150 million children living on the streets around the world today. Street-connected girls everywhere are often at high risk of violence, abuse and sexual exploitation, but their low visibility makes it hard to reach them. They remain invisible, unheard and denied their rights.

Zimbabwe celebrate with Indonesia at the Street Child World Cup Rio 2014.

We are committed to the equality and empowerment of girls through visibility, voices and rights. This is at the core of the Street Child World Cup Moscow 2018:

Visibility: For the first time, there will be an equal number of girls and boys’ teams playing.

Voices: A Congress, with a unique platform for girl’s voices to be heard.

Rights: A call for equal rights for street-connected and homeless girls.

Click here to read more: catch up with Drika, Brazil World Cup Winner 2014 discussing women’s rights and how the Street Child World Cup helped change her life.

Get involved

There are lots of ways you can support the Street Child World Cup 2018 and make a difference. You can volunteer with us, or take on a challenge or fundraising event to help ensure street-connected girls and boys are seen and their voices heard – click here to find out more.

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Zimbabwe at the 2014 Street Child World Cup

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  • “I know from personal experience just what power football can have to inspire and change young people’s lives whatever their background or nationality. This is what the Street Child World Cup is all about and I give it my full support.”

    David Beckham OBE
  • “When ever people come across me they laugh. It seems like my mouth is zipped because they talk for us. I wish they could give us a chance to talk for ourselves.”

    Mbali, 15, Durban
  • “I experienced hardcore street life in my youth. I know what it’s like. I congratulate the Street Child World Cup project in it’s commitment to bring attention to the plight of Street Children through the power of football.”

    Manny Pacquiao, Filipino professional boxer