WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE WORKSHOP
Organizer: Amalna Foundation Supported by: Strategic Edge International
Date: October 11, 2019
Venue: Ankawa Royal Hotel, Erbil
Language: English, Arabic
Class size: 24
Cost: $80 per person (on-site payment)
(Application deadline: Oct 8)
About this workshop
The incidents of sexual harassment and assault are increasing. Women face risks that are uniquely based on gender, and these risks multiply in a crisis environment. This course addresses this issue by seeking to transfer life-saving skills to women to equip them with the capability for self-protection, develop strength and confidence in a dangerous environment, and deal with the threat of sexual harassment and violence.
Why Women should get security training?
- Research reveals that crisis and disasters reinforce, perpetuate and increase gender inequality, making bad situations worse for women.
- Fear has too long and too often been used to shape women’s lives and it is time to say “no more!”
- Violence against women is cited by the World Health Organization as a worldwide pandemic.
- Support is not readily available, especially in crisis countries. Women must be self-reliant.
- Risk assessments, SOPs, crisis prevention/response/recovery are seldom gender- sensitive. Women should be equipped with specific tools and techniques that reduce their vulnerabilities.
- Security begins with defining and protecting personal space, which includes the right to own ground, set boundaries, and remove anyone who invades that space.
- Studies have proven that self-confidence, expressed in verbal and physical resistance skills, reduce the likelihood of assault. The ability to resist at the first sign of unwanted behavior reduces the odds of further harassment and unwanted sexual contact.
- Women who can take care of themselves, as well as the teams under their leadership, are role models for developing resilience for all women everywhere.
1. ascertain the security risks specific to themselves as women.
2. identify measures that reduce their vulnerability.
3. heighten prevention capability by recognizing threats, warning signs of danger, and potential security incidents.
4. learn how to own one's ground, draw clear and strong boundaries, and protect personal space.
5. advocate for more gender-sensitive security protocols.
6. discover own power, voice, heightened confidence, and abilities for self-protection.
7. learn practical self-defense techniques and apply them in simulations, with the end-view of being prepared in an actual situation.
Ms Edessa Ramos has a 6th degree blackbelt in the Filipino Martial Arts and 23 years’ experience as trainer in self-defence and tactical combat. She belongs to the International Blackbelt Hall of Fame. As founder of Strategic Edge, she provides security expertise to NGOs.
Dr Noor Khalid is a physician and women’s health advocate. She heads the Mosul Support Center for Women and Children and believes in self-defence training as a means towards healing and empowerment.
Together with other doctors and counsellors in Mosul, Edessa and Noor founded the AMALNA Foundation for Community Building.
(This workshop is open for women only.)
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