Self Defense Class for Muslim Women

When: Thursday, July 20 2017 7:00pm–9:00pm

Where: 100 Malcolm X Blvd, Roxbury, MA 02120, USA

Sponsor: WISE (Women's Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality)


In the difficult times we face as Muslim women and minorities in the United States, it is very important we obtain the necessary skills to protect ourselves from violent situations. Come join us for a WISE self defense class with some of your favorite lead instructors. This is a class you do not want to miss, here is where you will learn how to deescalate violent situations against WISE Muslim women across the greater Boston area. This event is hosted by WISE, the Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality.

Pluralism Project Summary:

In late July the Boston chapter of the Women’s Initiative for Self-Empowerment (WISE) put on a self-defense workshop for approximately twenty Muslim women. They appeared to be from diverse backgrounds, but most were young professionals in their mid-twenties to mid-thirties. The event was hosted at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC). The workshop facilitators focused on how to escape an attacker, and taught participants about pressure points and how to twist away when being grabbed. One move that was heavily emphasized was how to pull away from a hijab grab, a common attack against women who wear hijab. The facilitators stressed that the class was an important first step in learning self-defense, but that participants would have to continue practicing on their own at home.

This summary was written by a Pluralism Project staff member who attended the event.

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