Jamshedpur, Feb 24: In today’s India more than ever there is an increasing need for women to learn to connect with their inner strength and to understand that they need to stand up to their aggressors and defend themselves when faced with a situations of eve teasing ,unwanted physical contact, molestation and sexual assault. “each and every day girls and women in our city step out of their houses to go to their schools, colleges and workplaces they are increasingly at risk of having their basic rights a s a human being violated by all kinds of sexual violence. It is high time that women begin to feel SAFE by depending on their own self to defend themselves,” says Souvik Saha founder of People for Change who organized a WENLIDO workshop for the first time in the city.
“We strongly believe that women have a right to say NO and move about safely” adds Souvik Saha.It was to address this growing need for girls and women to physically be able to defend themselves and to be able to feel SAFE that city based NGO ,People for Change has organised a WENLIDO workshop for 30 students of classes 9 to 11 in Kerala Samajam Model school on 24/2/2014 to 25/2/2014 in the school premises.
WENLIDO teaches the girls the art of physical self defense, the training also helps women to evolve from a passive victim in an act of violence to be able to not only to defend themselves in the situation but also to inspire other women to do the same.The training helps girls not only to learn the art of self defense but also to recognize otentially dangerous situations early on and how to respond verbally and physically to situations when harassed.
While the workshop outlined Wenlido strategies to protect oneself from verbal, physical and sexual assault, it was an emotional experience for many, for whom the subject of harassment was personal. The resource person for the training was Mrs. Sutapa Patra, the founder of the organisation Amader Prerana in Sagar island, has also been working to stop violence against women. “A woman can be harassed anywhere,” Patra said. “It’s thus important for them to know how to defend themselves.”The activities at the workshop included role-playing, where participants were divided into teams of two, with one woman acting as the harasser and the other as the harassed. Another activity was breaking a tile with a swift motion of the hand — something everyone accomplished.”It was something we all needed,” said Sayoni Ganguly, a student of class 9. “I can say with confidence that we feel stronger now and more ready to tackle situations of harassment.”This workshop is the first in a series of workshops that will be conducted across different schools in the city.