The self-defense institution, Girl(em)Power, actively engages women in our community with a message of empowerment. As Malcolm X, once said, “It is criminal to teach a man NOT to defend himself when he is a constant victim of brutal attacks.” We as a society are guilty of not teaching women how to defend themselves, though they are the victims of constant brutal attacks. Girl(em)Power aims to teach girls and women to fight back – not only against our attacker, but against the erroneous beliefs surrounding violence against women that have been sold to us as well as against the power dynamic that reinforces our vulnerability.
How ASU students can get involved:
v Help spread the word by telling your friends about the organization and workshops
v Raise awareness for violence against women through discussions, forums, and other types of exchange
v Host a women’s self-defense workshop for free by contacting Reva Rose-Wood
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