JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – The Mauritius government has embarked on an empowering programme meant to skill women with self-defense tactics.
Branded She-Fighter’s Programme it is designed to empower women both physically and psychologically through self-defense training.
The government believes that self-defense empowers women, increases their physical strength, but more importantly, it raises their self-esteem.
A senior government official, Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo said, “through self-defense, women feel empowered from the inside, become physically stronger and transform into confident leaders.”
She pointed out that the programme’s ultimate objective is to end violence against women and harassment through protective approaches.
Jeewa-Daureeawoo who is also the Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Local Government and Outer Islands and Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare said this while speaking at an award ceremony for the She-Fighter Programme held at the Municipal Council of Beau Bassin-Rose Hill.
During the ceremony, about 439 women and girls were awarded certificates for having attended the first level of the She-Fighter’s Programme. Through initiations, more than 1 200 women and girls were also targeted.
The National Women’s Council, under the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family welfare, launched the She-Fighter Programme in March 2018 to empower women and young girls to take a stand and defend themselves against violence.
She-Fighter’s Programme was founded by a young entrepreneur, Lina Khalifeh with the aim to train and empower millions of women globally through self-defense.
In March last year, Khalifeh went to Mauritius and provided training to 11 officers of the National Women’s Council, two officers of E-inclusion Mauritius and three Officers of Passerelle. Following which, these trainers provided free training in self-defense to women and girls around Mauritius.
The Programme can be adapted to different age groups and physical conditions of participants. Through E-Inclusion Mauritius, some 20 disabled participants were also reached.
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