Can you imagine a Bangladesh where women incapacitate their abusers with karate chops?
Thanks to Female Empowerment Movement’s (FEM)’s women empowerment project named Project Attorokkha, we can now envision Bangladeshi women equipped with self defence skills and be their own saviors!
The project seeks to empower women with a 15 day long karate training focusing on stamina building and defensive stances. In addition to training, the women are given two nutritious meals a day while participating in the program. Additionally, they are taught the importance of personal hygiene and a balanced diet by professionals.
The project’s first training cycle was initiated with 13 participants. Project Attorokkha, brainchild of Zaiba Tahyya and Taufiq uz Zaman, hopes to expand the size of the training programs and target women in order to help empower more women in future. Tahyya, the mastermind behind the project, combined her education in Criminology and experience as a Research Associate to skillfully run Project Attorokkha. The project is molded after an existing model called “The Change Maker Model” by Blast’s Shokhi Project.
What sets Project Attorokkha apart from the numerous women empowerment programs, is that the project has deviated from monotonous practice of just limiting to awareness, by actually implementing practical trainings along with offering employment opportunities which will empower women from within and make them self-reliant. Tahyya states that- “Project Attorokkha’s training mostly focuses on traditional karate with the primary focus being on self-defense. The main idea of the training is to make sure the girls are able to prevent attacks by blocking, rather than instigating violence”.
Currently at the pilot stage, the participants of the project are underprivileged women of selected areas in Dhaka. Project Attorokkha is run in collaboration with BLAST’s “Shokhi Project”, with the Embassy of Kingdom of Netherlands, We Can, Bangladesh Women's Health Coalition, and Marie Stopes as proud partners. Upon successful completion of the program, the trainees are offered jobs at Elite Force – one of Bangladesh’s top security company as a part of its CSR project.
This unique cause is supported by notable Cricket players such as Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal Khan and Mustafizur Rahman. The campaign, quiet similar to the He for She campaign, hopes to make people notice the daily threats that women are exposed to and to inspire people to eradicate such atrocities against women.
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