The world has entered into a new millennium, but even today the woman of the patriarchal society of India continues to be oppressed and ill-treated. In fact, the cases of gender violence are only increasing with even more going unreported or unregistered. The Nirbhaya incident in 2012 raised some harsh questions and has forced a semblance of change. Violence against women is now on the national agenda. However, legislation by itself would not suffice because violence against women is a deep-rooted social problem and changing the social structure won’t be accomplished overnight. Hence it is of paramount importance that women learn to defend themselves.

Self-defence will allow women to develop confidence, it will allow them to empower themselves, and it will allow them to find safety in difficult situations. Large corporates and established schools are already taking steps in the right direction by making it mandatory for women and girls to attend self-defence workshops.

But what about the underprivileged girls who do not have access to these workshops? With this in mind, the idea of the Girls Defence Workshop was born in 2018 in the COEP ZEST team. With the goal to empower women and to ensure that not a single girl is left out, we provide free self-defence training to underprivileged girls.

We realise that only training workshops may not accomplish the goal. Real life is different. An attack cannot be predicted. Fear, panic, and sheer shock all flow through you. You cannot comprehend the attack because your brain stops working and all those swift moves you learnt during training are lost. Hence, additionally we also conduct talk sessions for these girls in order to overcome this freeze factor where we get in experts who share their experiences thereby building collective mental strength of these women. Till date we have empowered over 3000 girls on over 6 cities.


Srishti Avinash Deomore
+91 7719959000

Saloni Thakur
+91 8788057692

Email : crn.zest@coep.ac.in