EVERY GIRL SHOULD BE EQUIPPED WITH SKILLS TO PROTECT HERSELF

CONTEXT

3 cases of CAW reported every minute. By the time you go through this website, more than 15 cases of CAW would have been reported.

EXTENT

In January 2011, the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) Questionnaire reported that 24% of Indian men had committed sexual violence at some point during their lives. That’s 1 in every 4 men you know.

EMPOWER

Self-defence training takes embodied empowerment as its focus and purpose. Unlike much safety advice which may limit women’s freedom, self-defence seeks to expand it.

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As Searles and Follansbee (1984) wrote,

Traditionally, women have been socialized to believe that they are the weaker sex. Females socialized into the conventional feminine role have been taught to be passive, dependent, emotional, helpless, inadequate, ladylike, inactive, and incapable of protecting themselves. In order to avoid being victimized, they have been encouraged to limit their mobility and to rely for protection on men fathers, boyfriends, husbands, police officers or other external agents such as large barking dogs or burglar alarms.

The emphasis on being soft, gentle, and ladylike has further hampered women as it has discouraged them from developing their physical potential and from expressing anger or aggression in any active or physical way. Taught not to rely on themselves and discouraged from developing the capabilities to be able to do so, females have thus been trained to be good victims.

OUR CAUSES

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.

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