Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal (JCYCN) in collaboration with Girls Kick, with support from //KANALLAN, Switzerland, conducted a 5-day self-defense training from 7th June 2018 to 11th June 2018 in Sahara Party Palace, Devchuli Municipality, Nawalparasi. There was a total of 35 adolescent girls selected from 9 wards of Devchuli municipality, representing local child clubs, child networks and youth clubs, who were trained through various interactive approaches.
The main objectives of the training were to empower the women and girls through self- defense training along with insights on national and international legal provisions, to make an equal and dignified life for girls in the society, to enhance adolescent girl capacity, skills, right and choice through advocacy, awareness and empowerment and to highlight activities on need-based and right-based approach.
The program was coordinated by Ms. Shraddha Verma (Program Coordinator) with the help of Mr. Deepak Sharma (District Coordinator) with Mr. Niraj Neupane acting as Resource Person/Motivation Speaker. The trainers for program were Mr. Pawan Budhathoki, Mr. Nikesh Tamang and Mr. Januka Ghimirey respectively. The training was divided into “Know the Girls”, “Understand the Society”, “Act Yourself”, “Know the Legal Provisions”, and “Action Plan and Closing” which was spaced over the 5 days.
The main objective of “Know the Girls” was to provide basic knowledge on self-defense, awareness and motivation to perform physical exercise. A pre-test was performed to monitor and evaluate the performance of the participants from initial phase of entry to exit. Team forming was done to help explore and understand the strength of each participants before beginning the physical self-defense training.
“Understanding the Society” was focused on contextualizing the society and motivating the women to defend themselves and reduce the cultural taboos existing in performing girl activities. This day of physical defense training was followed by a lesion on understanding role division, gender and society to help the participants understand about social roles and responsibilities.
The objective of “Act Yourself” was to build trust in own-self and to forecast the hidden defending potential of girls. This day focused on physical self-defense training with discussions on child marriage, child labor, discrimination in the society, work division, gender-based violence, and harassment situation in the country. “Know the Legal Provisions” focused on the policies and laws related on the women issues such as harassment, violence, rights, discrimination and such. In this session, every individual was prepared action plans on the relevant issues of their society, community, clubs or schools. Some of the common action plans designed were self-defense training in school, self-defense training in community and plays on different social evils.
The fifth day saw the trainees being given field-based works according to their pre-designed action plans. The closing ceremony held immediately after was hosted by Mr. Tilottam Paudel, President of JCYCN. Chief guests Mr. Toyanath Lamsal, Sub-Chief of District Education Office, Nawalparasi, Mr. Moti Rijal, Devchuli Municipality Education Officer, Mr. Khimananda Bhusal, advisor of JCYCN Nepal, Mr. Suwash Ojha, Vice president youth and sports committee of Devchuli Municipality and Mr. Toyanath all shared the need and important of self-defense training. The girls were all praised for being energetic in the learning process by the trainers.

Submitted by: Shraddha Verma

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