American University of Central Asia - AUCA - Training and workshops on basics of self-defense for girls (HERO)

Training and workshops on basics of self-defense for girls (HERO)


Initial situation / problem statement

My friends and I as girls often do not feel safe when it is dark or there is no one outside. One of my close friends this summer was stalked to her house and this person even tried to get to her house. Another girl from my school was stalked for more than 3 weeks till she did not try to ask her brother to talk and when they consulted with policy their told her “He has not done anything to you, come when something will happen.” After such accidents, girls feel unsafe and not confident in everyday life.  I am motivated to implement this project because my friends and I faced these problems and every girl could meet them every day. I am motivated to work on the empowerment of girls for making little changes and increase the level of awareness about these problems.


 Target group

The target group for this project is girls between 17 and 21 from 6 or 11 micro-district. I choose these districts because these districts were chosen for creating a project “72 cameras”. Now on these districts have been implemented a project “Safe district” by the District Department of Internal Affairs and they have implemented more than 72 cameras and lighting. The group will consist of 10 to 15 girls.

The selection of girls would conduct from two stages:
1) They would fill out a survey, where I can identify where they live, why they want to participate, and how we can prevent stalking and dangerous situations.
2) While conducting interviews I will count geographical, community, and households targeting and by collecting data I will choose a focus group.

These girls live in 6 or 11 micro-district, come home later and have a low level of confidence, and feel unsafe. After the HERO project, they would be able to handle difficult situations, become mentally stronger and confident. They would want to participate in this empowerment program to become a part of the civic engagement community, to learn how to defend themselves, to feel confident. I have conducted several interviews among the target group and identified that girls are more open to working with me as a project manager because as a female representative and fellow. It is also important that our trainer has worked before with girls and that would lead to a comfortable atmosphere for them.


Goal Statement

To teach the basics of self-defense, 15 girls, through training and workshops from 20th November till 24th of December.



 By implementing the empowerment program that consists of self-defense training. The self-defense training would improve their physical skills and increase their self-confidence. The instructor would conduct each training base on different life cases that could emerge in everyday life. At each training, girls could practice their skills and improve them. It would work due to these girls would be provided with basic skills for handling such kinds of problems base on real examples. This program would increase their self-confidence level and give them understanding and instruments to feel safe and confident.

Program for participants:
– Self-defense lessons on 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, of November and 1 st of December (Our trainer
has worked as a trainer for more than 5 years, he has a and especially teach boxing girls in
– Collecting feedback about training on 1 st of December.


 Resources and responsibilities

 >Equipment and supplies:
– a training room for self-defense training;
>Human Resources:
– a self-defense trainer;
– a project manager.



Basic costs of this project include a fee for a self-defense trainer and the accommodation room for training. From our local community, we would have a place for conducting other training, and base on social responsibility and cooperation I find speakers.


 Timeframe and milestones

Self-defense lessons on 23, 24, 30 of November and 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 of December;
– Collecting feedback about training on 1 st of December;
– Final meeting with all participants, brainstorming about the next stage of a project and how to scale it.


Contact information

Project Leader: Aisuluu Tokmanbetova


American University of Central Asia
7/6 Aaly Tokombaev Street
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic 720060

Tel.: +996 (312) 915000 + Еxt.
Fax: +996 (312) 915 028
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