For Immediate Release on Guardian Girls Karate Egypt


"Cairo to host inaugural event of Guardian Girls Global Karate Project"


CAIRO, January 24, 2023 -- Created by UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, the Koyamada International Foundation (KIF), and the World Karate Federation (WKF), the Guardian Girls Global Karate Project is a far-reaching initiative aiming to promote gender equality and empower women and girls to defend themselves from all forms of Gender-Based Violence through Karate training.

The events in Cairo will start on Saturday, January 28 with a self-defense Karate Seminar for local women. Amy Connell of Scotland, a two-time European Championships medallist, Commonwealth champion, and a specialist in women’s empowerment activities, together with two-time World champion and Olympic Games medallist Giana Farouk of Egypt will be featured as the instructors of the seminar.

The project will be further presented at an official reception to be held at the Residence of the Japanese Ambassador in Cairo on Saturday evening. National officials, media outlets, and representatives of UNFPA, KIF, WKF, and the Egyptian Karate Federation are expected to attend the reception.

Lastly, a special demonstration to showcase Karate’s social contribution to eradicating Gender-Based Violence will take place at the Cairo International Stadium on Sunday, January 29 during the finals of the Karate 1-Premier League. Televised live on many TV networks around the world and on the WKF YouTube channel, the demonstration aims to introduce the initiative to a worldwide audience.

The Guardian Girls Global Karate Project premiered in October 2022 in Los Angeles (United States). After an official presentation at the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, the pilot seminar of Guardian Girls Global Karate was held at the Terasaki Budokan of Los Angeles to help women in the Los Angeles area to face situations of Gender-Based Violence through Karate training.

About the Koyamada International Foundation
KIF is an international nonprofit organization founded in 2008 by international celebrity Shin Koyamada and his wife Nia Lyte. With headquarters in Los Angeles and national chapters around the world, KIF manages global initiatives and operations in strategic partnerships with the United Nations and other international organizations.

About the United Nations Population Fund
UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. UNFPA's mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA calls for the realization of reproductive rights for all and supports access to a wide range of sexual and reproductive health services, including voluntary family planning, quality maternal health care and comprehensive sexuality education.

About the World Karate Federation
WKF is the international governing body of Karate. With 200 National Federations and headquarters in Madrid (Spain), the WKF manages the sport of Karate for its over 100 million fans around the world, and it organizes Karate events worldwide.

Media Contact
Kathy Sakamoto –
Director, Guardian Girls