Time is Now-Girls can take care of themselvesMar 6, 2018
“I never thought of sending my daughter to martial art class” says Sukheshwar Dewan from Khagrachari district, “Why would my daughter learn martial arts and how could it help her? But now I realise,” Sukheshwar continues, “I've seen the change in her. She is confident to move around without any fear”
This year March 8 sees the International Women’s day with a call #TimeIsNow to celebrate, take action & help transform women’s lives, in the wake of ‘Me Too’ movement spread virally in October 2017 as a hashtag used on social media .
Bullying, physical and mental harassment and other forms of exploitation and violence are commonly experienced by girls in Bangladesh. But Martial Art Training, provided by the Strengthening Inclusive Development in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (SID-CHT), project of UNDP, is building the confidence of girls from three hill districts-Rangamati, Khagrachari and Bandarban to tackle any forms of harassment.
The project so far organized six batches Intensive Martial Arts Training for Girls with the theme ‘Self Defense Brings Self Confidence’. A total of 150 young and promising high school girls from various ethnicities aged between 10-16 received self-defense course from the Bangladesh Karate Federation certified expert trainers.
The Royal Danish Embassy financed martial arts training to promote self-defense and confidence building of youth living in Chittagong Hill Tracts. Girls are not just learning martial arts but they are aware about prevention of gender based violence. “It's changed the way I feel,” Shipra rani (16) a trainee, says. “The fact that I know what to do if I ever face a bad situation.”