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SELF DEFENSE TRAINING IN HARYANA

Girls in India are often the target of harassment and physical attacks, leaving them vulnerable and unable to participate in public life with confidence. They need to go out to perform various tasks, but unfortunately, they often face harassment at different stages, in different forms. This threat to their safety and security hinders their participation in public life, resulting in lower number of women at work and lesser number of girls in educational institutions. Parents experience fear and anxiety for their child’s safety, and often restrict their movement outside of home, stifling their aspirations and ambitions.

Being trained and equipped with the skills of self-defence becomes a good and necessary solution in this case to empower women by assuring that every girl and woman can move in the society fearlessly, with the capacity to protect themselves.

Recognising this reality, the Government of India has set up a ‘self-defence training programme for girls’ under the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan, called the Rani Laxmibai Aatma Raksha Prashikshan. Under this programme, girl students receive martial arts training, encompassing various techniques derived from Judo, Taekwondo, Wushu, Boxing and Karate by certified trainers, over a period of 3 months. They are also trained to use everyday articles as their weapon of opportunity or as improvised self-defence tools skilfully, to their advantaged.

We are the Project Implementation Partner for this scheme in the state of Haryana. Being a physical touch activity, the self-defence training took off in schools in the post-pandemic period. In the academic year 2021-22, the training started getting implemented in 800 state-board schools in Haryana with our operations and trainer expertise leading the initiative on ground. We are proud to be contributing towards the creation of a safe and secure environment for girls at school and other walks of life, empowering girls to contribute to national progress and development as well.



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