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

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

An introductory course to Feminist Self-Defence will be held in the European Parliament´s Sports Centre at 1pm, before the conference gets underway at 3pm.

An experienced feminist self-defence instructor will provide an introduction for women who want to try out feminist self-defence.
The workshop is for women of all abilities and from all ages and walks of life.
For more information and to register contact: [email protected]

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

DRAFT PROGRAMME: 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  

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 the 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