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International Women’s Day. Women’s self-defence as a strategy for empowerment. 4 March

Event date: 04 Mar 15 –

Prevention of violence against women and girls. At 13.00h an experienced Feminist self-defence instructors will provide an introduction possibility for women that want to try out feminist self-defence at the EP Sport Centre. The workshop is for women with all abilities and from all ages and walks of life. For more information and to register contact: azadeh.jafari@europarl.europa.eu

International Women’s Day. Women’s self-defence as a strategy for empowerment. 4 March

Date

04 Mar 15 –

Time

13:00 — 18:00

Living lives free from gender-based violence –

Women’s self-defence as a strategy for empowerment and prevention of violence against women and girls

4 March 2015 at 15.00-18.30 Room A1G2

European Parliament, Brussels        

DRAFT PROGRAMME

15.00-15.10

Opening by 

Gabi Zimmer (GUE/NGL) president 

First session: Feminist self-defence as tool to prevent violence against women and girls    

15.10 – 16.10

Moderated by Malin Björk MEP (Sweden, GUE/NGL Coordinator in Committee on women’s rights and gender equality)

*Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues and founder of V-Day 

* Karin Heisecke, Senior Project Manager – Ending Violence Against Women and Girls, World Future Council, the latest research 

* Irene Zeilinger, Garance ASBL, Sociologist, Feminist self-defence trainer, Belgium   

*Exchange of views/Debate 

Second session: Feminist self-defence in practice 

16.10 – 17.10

Angela Vallina MEP (Spain, GUE/NGL, Committee on women’s rights and gender equality)

*Hanna Cederin – Feminist self-defence trainer, Sweden 

* Lydia La Riviere-Zijdel – Feminist self-defence trainer for women and girls with a disability, Netherlands 

*Exchange of views/Debate

Third session: Feminist self-defence – Global movements

17.10 – 18.10 

Moderated by Ines Zuber MEP (Portugal, GUE/NGL, Vice-chair in Committee on women’s rights and gender equality)

* Dhiviya, Feminist self-defence teacher, Coordinator of the South Asian network SANGATa, trainer in Wenlido (Women’s path of Strength) India

* Lina Khalifeh, Founder Shefighter, self-defence trainer for girls and women in Jordan 

* Soraya Bahgat, Women’s rights activists, Founder of Tahrir Bodyguards, Egypt (tbc) 

*Exchange of views/Debate 

Closing 

18.30 Cocktail 

                      IMPORTANT!

An introduction course to Feminist Self-defence

will be held in the European Parliament´s Sport Centre

The same day 4/3/2015 13:00-15:00 

For Women Only! Limited places, First come, first served!

Registration already today by sending an e-mail to azadeh.jafari@europarl.europa.eu 

GUE/NGL press contact:  Gianfranco Battistini + 32 475 646628

gianfranco.battistini@europarl.europa.eu

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