Women’s Safety First


Date: February 1-2 and February 3-4, 2020

Time: 08.30 – 17.00 (includes lunch and tea breaks)

Venue: Ainkawa Royal Hotel, Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Course Fee: $250 for 2 days

This course gets fully booked fast. For more information: info@strategic-edge.ch

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The incidents of sexual harassment and assault are increasing. Women face risks that are uniquely based on gender, and these risks multiply in a crisis environment. This course addresses this issue by seeking to transfer life-saving skills to women to equip them with the capability for self-protection, develop strength and confidence in a dangerous environment, and deal with the threat of sexual harassment and violence.

Why Women should get security training?

  • Research reveals that crisis and disasters reinforce, perpetuate and increase gender inequality, making bad situations worse for women.
  • Fear has too long and too often been used to shape women’s lives and it is time to say “no more!”
  • Violence against women is cited by the World Health Organisation as a worldwide pandemic.
  • Support is not readily available, especially in crisis countries. Women must be self-reliant.
  • Risk assessments, SOPs, crisis prevention/response/recovery are seldom gender- sensitive. Women should be equipped with specific tools and techniques that reduce their vulnerabilities.
  • Security begins with defining and protecting personal space, which includes the right to own ground, set boundaries, and remove anyone who invades that space.
  • Studies have proven that self-confidence, expressed in verbal and physical resistance skills, reduce the likelihood of assault. The ability to resist at the first sign of unwanted behavior reduces the odds of further harassment and unwanted sexual contact.
  • Women who can take care of themselves, as well as the teams under their leadership, are role models for developing resilience for all women everywhere.

Learning Outcomes: At the end of the training, the participant will be able to:
1. ascertain the security risks specific to themselves as women.
2. identify measures that reduce their vulnerability.
3. heighten prevention capability by recognizing threats, warning signs of danger, and potential security incidents.
4. learn how to own one’s ground, draw clear and strong boundaries, and protect personal space.
5. advocate for more gender-sensitive security protocols.
6. discover own power, voice, heightened confidence, and abilities for self-protection.
7. learn practical self-defense techniques and apply them in simulations, with the end-view of being prepared in an actual situation.