The workshop was held to observe the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign program
The Self Defence 101 workshop took place on the 5th of December 2016, with members of The Girl’s Club, at the American Centre from 3pm to 5pm. The YES Alumni members and trainers from Nayana Chowdhury Sports Foundation (NCSF) arrived at The American Centre at 2:55 pm where they were welcomed by the members of the Women’s Club along with the American Centre members, Shahina Sultana and Kelly J. Mitchell-Clark. The workshop was held to observe the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign program At the opening of the program, YES Alumni Bangladesh was given the floor to present a brief description about the program and the organization (YES Alumni Bangladesh). Maryan Karmoker, co-ordinator of the project, spoke of the importance of women’s safety in our day-to-day life, and how they fail to protect themselves due to not knowing how to defend oneself. She shared stories of the previous successful events in 9 institutions in Dhaka and Chittagong and portrays her vision of inspiring women around the country to take a stand when it comes to protecting themselves and other women. Shokti Foundation shares the same goal and was in attendance of the program with their 15 members from Gulshan-Banani branch. One of the members of Shokti introduced her team and spoke of their initiative. Their goal was to break certain gender specific stereotypes and empower women to fight for themselves and those around them.Soon after this, 4 trainers from Nayana Chowdhury Sports Foundation (NCSF) stepped up on stage in order to introduce themselves and expressed their views of self defense, inspiring the crowd present. Following the speech, the active physical session started at 4 pm. The trainers demonstrated self defense moves and helped the participants to properly execute them. 40 people actively participated along with Shahina Sultana and Kelly J.Mitchell-Clark with the session ending at 5pm.The day’s event was concluded with positive remarks of the Girl’s Club members along with Kelly J. Mitchell-Clark and Shahina Sultana sharing a few words of gratitude and wished everyone for a better 2017.