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MukkaMaar creates agency in adolescent girls, enabling them to live freely.

Self defence is not just a set of techniques, it’s a mindset; and it begins with the belief that you are worth defending. – Rorion Garcie


The emphasis on being soft, gentle, and ladylike has discouraged them from developing their physical potential, or expressing anger or aggression in any active or physical way. Females have thus been trained to be good victims. (Searles and Follansbee, 1984)


Self-defense transforms the way it feels to inhabit a female body.  (Mc Caughey, 1997, Rentschler, 1999). In order to defend the self, a woman must ‘perceive herself as having value’ over and beyond that of an attacker. Women must first feel ‘entitled’ to be safe and respected.

Leveraging existing infrastructure

We work in partnership with government bodies to deliver our programs to students and teachers for sustained impact.
Girls engaged in schools
Schools engaged
Teachers trained
Reach through workshops
Indirect reach through teachers
Students trained online

Voices of MukkaMaar

Boys are permitted to go out at any time, whereas a girl isn’t allowed to go. As they feel that because she is a girl, something wrong can happen to her. This is what girls are told for generations. But I wouldn’t pass this on to the next generation.

Karima, MukkaMaar Girl

In India females have observe fasts in Shravan etc. Females are not aware of the constitution – to get a job the constitution doesn’t want to know how many fasts you’ve observed but demands to know how many degrees you have earned.

Suraj, MM Father

As a father I am assured that with MM training , daughters will be equipped to protect themselves if ever they are caught in such a situation. I do believe they will take action in reality based on what they have been taught.

Kanti, MM Father

Not that the man is physically stronger – but he is aware that the girl won’t speak up/ take action ; he overpowers her psychologically.

Uzma, MukkaMaar Girl

Girls have been following rules, “obeying” without questioning – so when MM tells them they can have a point of view, they tend to reflect over it. Post MM training I realised – I’m simply emulating what I saw my mother doing without questioning /realising the implications of it.

Bhoomi, PT Teacher

People who talk ill about the girl feel that ‘sharm aurat ka gehna hai’ (modesty is a girl’s priced possession). As we keep our jewellery in locker we should keep shyness in locker too.

Ragini, MukkaMaar Girl

When I used to send her to the market, she would be scared, would be unhappy about some boys that used to hang out in that area. Now she doesn’t hesitate, she goes bindaas. She’s more confident and her fear has gone away. This has taken away a little bit of my fear too.

Sheila, MM Mother

I was very shy and used to walk with my heads down but now I’m confident and can look at people and talk to them and this makes people know that I attend MM.

Khushboo, MukkaMaar Girl

Other academies focus on imparting techniques w.r.t judo/karate/ taekwondo to – gain strength. However, the mind is the most important contact point in a fight – and MukkaMaar focuses on making them strong mentally and physically. Many girls have black belt, they can kick at any height but lack in confidence.

Atul, MM Father

MM is making self defence / overall personality development / fitness and exercise accessible to low income families. Girls learn to express themselves openly and won’t hesitate to put forth their views “Khul ke baat karegi – apne vichaar batayenge.”

Ishwar, MM Father

I can share my feelings or an experience with a MM trainer, which I may not be comfortable sharing with my parents.

Mika* (13)

BMC too trains us on various issues/ new ideas which we can impart to the children on and off. There were other programs on gender equality too, but MukkaMaar is unique because of its focus on “opening up” especially for girls.

Jyoti, PT Teacher

During class, a young girl was uncomfortable in her dupatta (stole) trying to adjust as she continued her practice. There is a saying that modesty is a girl’s treasure – so I asked the girls- where are treasures kept – in the safe was the unanimous response. “Sharam aurat ka gehna hai. Gehne kahan rakhte hain? Tijori mein!”. After this, the girl simply took off her dupatta and went about the training routine.

Shraddha, MM Trainer

When he tried to touch me inappropriately, initially I pushed his hands away, and when he still tried to come near and touch me, I caught his neck and pressed it hard with my fingers, he fell down and ran away. My mother came and I told my family about what had happened and they thrashed him, he then apologised and left the place and never returned again. He was my family member.

Anchal* (12)

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Self Defence*

*Empowerment self-defence is an evidence-based primary violence prevention system. It teaches individuals how to interrupt violence by listening to their intuition, assessing their options, asserting boundaries, using de-escalation strategies, and provides tools for a range of mental, verbal and physical responses.


Equity Labs

Development programs for adults working with adolescents to create gender equitable spaces. We believe that people have the wisdom to figure out what they need; our process recognises this wisdom and provides opportunities to share stories and rehearse concrete actions and possible solutions for real challenges.

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