The mission of the Guardian Girls™ is to build the self-agency of women and girls for prevention and response to all forms of Gender-Based Violence through sports and holistic martial arts training.
WHERE WE WORK
Gender-based violence is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world. It knows no social, economic or national boundaries. Worldwide, an estimated one in three women will experience physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime. Gender-based violence undermines the health, dignity, security and autonomy of its victims, yet it remains shrouded in a culture of silence.
WHAT WE DO
Guardian Girls Karate
Under the Guardian Girls program, the Guardian Girls Global Karate Project, also known as Guardian Girls Karate was jointly launched by Koyamada International Foundation (KIF), World Karate Federation (WKF) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in October, 2022 in Los Angeles. The Guardian Girls Karate is launching its Guardian Girls Karate Seminar in Egypt, Spain, Morocco, Japan, Ireland, Hungary and the United States in 2023.
It felt very natural, it felt very intuitive, and the moves were easy for anybody to understand, and you can do it at any level. I think that if I am ever confronted with a dangerous situation, I will have the strength to be able to defend myself by knowing that my power is within my body, and that is extremely empowering.
By going through the training, I have a greater sense of control over what I should be doing. I actually feel more confident. Many women and girls going through this would gain the same sense of confidence. Not just learning about it, but actually hands-on doing it; that makes a big difference.
The exercises may seem simple, but they really empower you. Now I feel that I can do more things, things that I now have in the back of my head. I think it is extremely important to participate in activities like this.
I'm proud to see Guardian Girls here in Los Angeles continuing to build women's resilience and strength to protect themselves against gender-based violence. We wanted to provide a tool for women to be empowered to have both strength, mind and body to protect themselves from being exposed to violence.
MEET OUR PARTNERS
We partner with the United Nations, governments, NGOs, companies and individuals.
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
UNFPA signed the MoU with Koyamada International Foundation (KIF) as Strategic Partner and joined Guardian Girls program in December, 2019.
World Karate Federation
WKF signed MoU with KIF and UNFPA to join the Guardian Girls and jointly launched the Guardian Girls Global Karate Project in October, 2022.
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