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I PROTECT ME (IPM) teaches Women and Children self-protection skills in Cape Town

85% of Safety is in our hands. IPM is taking the Rape Bull by its horns in Cape Town, S.Africa. They are training Trainers to go into the community to teach women, children and other vulnerable adults how to protect themselves without using weapons.

“First we help the women and children by showing them how to diffuse conflict situations in the home and in the street,” says Monica, the founder of IPM. The training includes awareness and addressing own sexuality and redressing bad habits.

So, the training is not about attacking. It is about obedience and respect. But, all else failing, they are taught how to defend themselves without using weapons, so as to get away and report.

The training has been developed by a martial arts expert who has had enough of seeing women being raped in Nairobi, where he lives.

“My wife literally ordered me to do something,” says Duncan Bomba, after one too many rapes and murders of women and children in Nairobi.

Duncan then developed 40 moves, which he now trains Trainers to go and teach women and children.

IPM managed to get sponsorship for airfares for Duncan’s team to go from Kenya to Cape Town and the heavens smiled on the project because ALL TRAINING IS BEING OFFERED FREE OF CHARGE to those in the community who need it most, and who are the least able to afford to learn how to defend themselves.

• I PROTECT ME was last week launched as a non-profit organisation in Cape Town, S.Africa in celebration of International Women’s Day
• The first Training the Trainers course starts on 17th March in Cape Town
• The Trainers are tested and if they pass, they can teach those moves to groups of up to 50 individuals within 2 hours
• The training is age-appropriate (for example in schools it is delivered in separate age groups)
• The training is cultural-appropriate (IPM is not teaching disobedience but respect)
• No weapons are used
• The training will be repeated and regularly refreshed, especially in schools where IPM is working with the
Department of Safe Schools to teach school children
• The South African Police and Social Welfare Department are contributing with presentations on social and legal
rights and resources so that the IPM Instructors can be a vehicle of information to the community
• NGO’s, schools, mosques, churches, synagogues, temples – are asked to send their volunteers for this free
training, so that afterwards they can go back to teach their own members in groups how to defend themselves, with
regular refresher courses, under the supervision of IPM.

Rape is the petrol on which Aids runs, so by attacking Rape we attack Aids!

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Kim Crane's picture

powerful work

"Rape is the petrol on which AIDS runs" this is a powerful statement. I am so glad to see your project is giving women and skills confidence to protect themselves. I hope that hand-in-hand with these efforts in South Africa, there are also programs targeting men and boys with anti-violence messages so that one day these self-defense classes won't be necessary!

Monica Clarke's picture

Thanks Kim.

Thanks Kim.

Yes, we agree completely. A huge amount is being done in South Africa by dedicated government departments and non-governmental organisations such as Sonke Gender Justice and others already working in schools for many years. We shall work hand in hand with them

Their strategies and programmes do raise awareness and counter sexual violence, but self-protection is not one of them. Most training and support is either offered in the form of advice, or given post-event, in the form of victim support
(By the way, we are not only teaching girls skills, for boys are equally at risk of abuse and forced gang membership).

What does a child do when in a threatening situation without help? We have not found within the life-skills or life-orientation curricula in schools any subjects which teach on-hand self-protection skills, which teach children how to rely on their own strengths and skills for their own protection. The ‘National Schools Violence Study’ (CJCP, 2007) found that 59% primary school girls have been assaulted three times or more, and fellow learners were 86% responsible. Yet 95% say they receive safety information at school.

More than information is needed, and we believe that self-protection training is a major part of the answer.
IPM is working in partnership with the Department of Education in the Western Cape (DoEd) and is supported by the South African Police. Self-Defence Instructors will go into schools and into the community during 2014 to begin a Trial to prove that knowing how to self-protect is 85% of safety, and to show that incidents of sexual assaults will be reduced.

But whereas their strategies and programmes counter sexual violence and do awareness raising, self-protection is not one of them. Most training and support is either offered in the form of advice, or given post-event, in the form of victim support

What does a child do when in a threatening situation without help? We have not found within the life-skills or life-orientation curricula in schools any subjects which teach on-hand self-protection skills, which teach children how to rely on their own strengths and skills for their own protection. The ‘National Schools Violence Study’ (CJCP, 2007) found that 59% primary school girls have been assaulted three times or more, and fellow learners were 86% responsible. Yet 95% say they receive safety information at school.

More than information is needed, and we believe that self-protection training is a major part of the answer.
IPM is working in partnership with the Department of Education in the Western Cape (DoEd) and is supported by the South African Police. Self-Defence Instructors will go into schools and into the community during 2014 to begin a Trial to prove that knowing how to self-protect is 85% of safety, and to show that incidents of sexual assaults will be reduced.

I hope we will make a difference.

With regards
Monica

Monica Clarke, Writer & Storyteller, bringing human rights alive.
I wish you 'Nangamso', that is: May you continue to do the good work which you do so well.
(A blessing from my ancestors, the Khoikhoi, the first people of South Africa).

Iryna's picture

Stronger

Physiologically women are weaker than men. This also gives men a feeling of psychological superiority. That's why men can easily hurt a woman. But from the other side we, women, should learn our sons to use their strength to protect us and respect, to take care and teach how to protect ourselves.
Monica, I want to say that IPM training is an amazing idea and a great opportunity for women not only to know how to protect themselves but also to feel stronger from inside. You're doing a great work!

Warmest regards from Ukraine,
Iryna

Monica Clarke's picture

Thanks Iryna

Thanks Iryna. Yes, we are empowering ourselves as women - and who knows, we might even have a next generation of men who will hold us high when we walk high?

Monica Clarke, Writer & Storyteller, bringing human rights alive.
I wish you 'Nangamso', that is: May you continue to do the good work which you do so well.
(A blessing from my ancestors, the Khoikhoi, the first people of South Africa).

Amei's picture

I like the idea :-)

I Protect Me - This idea focus inwards directing the strength to the inner power. This also allows the capacity to focus on responsibilities with thoughtful reflection. When we fight for our rights we must focus and reflect our responsibilities that will enlighten people to take the right action.

When we empower women with the right skills, attitude and knowledge we are empowering future mothers who will nurture the future generation of human kind (male & female) who will be responsible, thoughtful and compassionate.

All the best to your project.

In friendship
Amei

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Monica Clarke's picture

Thank You

Thank you so much Amei for these thoughts and encouragement. You are so right: If we focus on empowerment from inside we are able to move mountains with the compassion we discover inside. Bless you equally in the work you are doing. Regards, Monica

Monica Clarke, Writer & Storyteller, bringing human rights alive.
I wish you 'Nangamso', that is: May you continue to do the good work which you do so well.
(A blessing from my ancestors, the Khoikhoi, the first people of South Africa).

Greengirl's picture

Congratulations Monica!

I love the sound and message that "I Protect Me', sends out. You've just successfully rolled out a life transforming and society changing initiative. I celebrate you and everything that IPM represents. Congratulations, Monica!

I wish you the very best as your work evolve, and translate into measurable positive results that will radiate; and become a model.

Much respect,
Greengirl

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