‘It's breaking quite big social taboos’ violence against women and girls and self-defense training in Nepal

Elsevier, Women's Studies International Forum, Volume 64, September 2017, Pages 51-58
Authors: 
Kay Standing, Sara Parker, Sapana Bista

Given the increased vulnerability to, and rise in reports of, sexual violence in post-disaster situations this article seeks to explore the role of self-defense programmes as a response to addressing violence against women and girls. It draws on the authors' experience of post-earthquake Nepal in 2015. We argue that self-defense training can play a crucial role in challenging normative gender roles, raising confidence and self-esteem in girls and women during and post disaster, and call for further research to take place at the local level to explore this important issue further.