The One Economy Foundation, under the #BeFree Banner, organised over the weekend a #BeFree Ballers event that aimed at raising awareness on social ills that often encapsulate sportsmen and women.

The awareness event focused on substance abuse, sexual health, and violence.

These are some of the issues that sportswomen and men always find themselves engulfed in.

Professional football player Thomalina Adams raised issues of inequality when it comes to the treatment and payment of female sports personnel as opposed to their male counterparts.

She urged the country to step up and treat women in sports just as they treat their male counterparts.

#BeFree ballers also discussed critical topics such as toxic masculinity, self-awareness, anti-violence, and sexual reproductive health rights.

The Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth, and National Service, Emma Kantema-Gaomas, generally speaking, says the youth directorate has started a social empowerment programme and has urged the youth to take up this space.

"We have a pillar that speaks to health and well-being, and in that pillar, one of the strategies is for the ministry to advocate for more rehabilitation programmes."

The event concluded with a seven-aside football tournament.

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