Approximately 7,000 refugees are stranded on Lesvos. The overcrowded and chaotic conditions in Moria camp, hosting approximately 4,500 people, pose constant threats to the physical and mental health of more than 1,300 refugee women - especially those who are single and/or underage - who reside in the camp. Daily, they are targeted, harassed and intimidated, even when using the toilet and washing facilities. Security arrangements are not sufficient to protect all women in Moria.
We aim to deliver self-defense training to 300 refugee women in Moria, prioritizing single women and unaccompanied minors. Two three-hour sessions will be delivered by professional female instructors, qualified to teach the principles and techniques of self-defense, including self-protection and the basic understanding of violence. This effort would not only empower the refugee women to protect themselves, but also enhance their self-confidence in the hard reality they currently live in.
Delivering self-defense training to refugee women stranded on the island would not only reduce the risks to their safety in Moria, but also offer valuable skills that may help them in the future, wherever that might be. In this pilot project of four months, we expect to train 300 women - about 30% of the current female population in the camp.
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