Self-Defense and Yoga for Refugee Women on Lesvos

by Starfish Foundation
Self-Defense and Yoga for Refugee Women on Lesvos
Self-Defense and Yoga for Refugee Women on Lesvos
Self-Defense and Yoga for Refugee Women on Lesvos
Self-Defense and Yoga for Refugee Women on Lesvos
Self-Defense and Yoga for Refugee Women on Lesvos
Self-Defense and Yoga for Refugee Women on Lesvos
Self-Defense and Yoga for Refugee Women on Lesvos
Self-Defense and Yoga for Refugee Women on Lesvos

Project Report | Dec 26, 2018
What i gained from this project

By Dina Adam | Starfish Member

My name is Dina, and I have been a member of Starfish Foundation since its creation in October 2015! I have been involved in humanitarian work since 2007, and I find it very rewarding, but at the same time, I have to face difficult issues.

I have felt discriminated against because of my involvement with the refugees. In the past, I was verbally attacked and threatened by someone who didn't like it when I stood up for myself and my work in a discussion about the refugee situation here on the island. It was frightening, and it took me a long time to move forward.

My recent participation in the women’s self-defense course, sponsored by Starfish, not only taught me the skills to defend myself but also made me feel more confident in knowing that is my right to say NO. It was encouraging to see that the women refugees who took part in the course felt the same need to learn how to protect themselves. Moria camp can be a very threatening environment for women, and I am happy that Starfish offered to help them.

The women in my group were mainly from Somalia, and after the initial shyness, everybody started sharing experiences. I couldn't help to think that it doesn't matter what colour, religion, background or status we have. At the end of the day, we are all the same...we all have our fears and hopes, and as women, we all want to feel safe and to be treated with respect and love.

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Organization Information

Starfish Foundation

Location: Mytilene, Lesvos - Greece
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Twitter: @starfishlesvos
Project Leader:
Melinda McRostie
Mythimna , Lesvos Greece

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