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Let's teach her some moves!

Providing women with self-defense tools is great, but it is important that women understand how to use these effectively in case of need. Fight or flight?

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A Woman can be quite intimidated by men that are stronger and larger than her and could freeze-up if attacked.

It isn't about knowing martial arts, but more about handling a situation appropriately: whether it's breaking chilli-filled bangles on the attackers head or kicking real hard and running to get help.

What if we could get "good" men from the community to help women better prepare for such unforeseen situations?

Here's how I envision it:
  • Teach women the basics of self-defense - possibly supervised by the local policewoman? This could also help women build a rapport with the policewoman and eventually feel comfortable reporting any crimes against oneself or others.
  • Use mock situations to help train
  • Convince men to play targets - important, so women can learn ways to overpower men
  • Equip women with self-defense tools

Explain your idea in one sentence.

Men helping women to gain confidence and practice techniques to fight possible attacks.

What is the need you are trying to solve?

Avoiding and Reacting to Danger in the Moment.

Who will benefit from this idea and how would you monitor its success?

Women and communities in general could benefit from this kind of training. One way to measure success is to measure participation.

Who would be best equipped to implement this idea in the real world? You? Your organisation? Another organisation or entity?

Existing trusted community organizations collaborating local police stations would best.

Where should this idea be implemented?

Anywhere and everywhere! More specifically in urban neighborhoods with limited access to technology.

How might you prototype this idea and test some of the assumptions behind it?

Possibly in Mumbai, by creating a pilot project with a reputed community organization and local police.


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Photo of Meena Kadri

Interesting build on the standard defence training by having "good" men join in so women can better learn how to overpower them. Could also help build ties within a community if brought together successfully. Makes us wonder what you might learn towards developing this idea further from trying it out in your own community. Here's some tips:

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PS. The image you've used looks like a stock library image. Is it rights free? If not, we're sure you could find an alternative that is (try Creative Commons search on Flickr or better yet: sketch your own :^)

Photo of Priyanka Kodikal

Thanks Meena! I'll certainly try to prototype it soon...

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How about jiu jitsu, a defense art developed to help a smaller person defend themselves against a larger opponent.

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