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Women, children get karate skills

It is evident that cases of sexism, sexual abuse and gender based violence are reported daily at an alarming rate.

Efforts have been made to stand against such barbaric acts against hapless women and children especially girls.

A young Motswana man Abhishek Kumar has taken it upon himself to start a project named The Right to Fight in an effort to raise awareness about women empowerment by imparting karate skills and further defence skill to this vulnerable group at a women shelter in Gaborone, which could not be named for fear of victimisation.

In an interview, the year 13 student at Westwood International School who is currently in the final year of a two year international Baccalaureate diploma programme, said in an age where violence seems to be climbing out of control he found it fit to encourage women to be equally as strong as men and feel confident about themselves.

“I have no personal experiences about gender based violence but throughout my lifetime I have heard and read stories about the many disheartening cases including those of domestic violence where women where particularly are not able to defend themselves when in need.

Kumar met Botswana’s top ranked karate instructor Shihan Mpho Bakwadi and took him through the necessary karate lesson until he graduated with a brown belt degree.

He said he was particularly impressed by the level of motivation and enthusiasim that the women displayed during the entire classes.

Kumar explained that the project was part of his school based assignment thus funding at this moment was not an issue but if it was to happen at a larger scale as he wishes, it would require financing.

He said the project has generated positive feedback from both the women shelter office and the clients.

He said at the end of his diploma programme he was intending to empower women over the coming years. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Baleseng Batlotleng

Location : GABORONE

Event : Interview

Date : Jun 15 Thu,2017

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