The program makes self-defence training accessible to 6th, 7th and 8th standard girls in public schools through a 3- year, bi-weekly training program adapting
martial-arts and fitness techniques; adding verbal, psychological and emotional skills, and integrating a critical gender-free consciousness. It is facilitated by
gender sensitised trainers who are MukkaMaar change-makers. MukkaMaar girls feel safe, are able to defend themselves from violence, have greater self confidence, occupy more space, and negotiate effectively for their own choices and life decisions.
Leveraging existing infrastructure: The program is delivered through partnership with Government schools. These schools have a larger concentration of girls who come from a challenging socio-economic background and are more “at-risk’ of gender based violence.
The model is built after a thorough research on ‘empowerment self defence’, agency in adolescents and various psychological and sociological perspectives on adolescent girls’ well-being. The program ‘trains’ the girls not just to defend and attack, but also to develop verbal, mental and social skills to avoid, interrupt, and resist assault and manage their psychological and emotional selves in a much better way.
Each class covers the below mentioned 4 focus areas –