It was a proud moment for 40 women with disabilities from Mysore as they were felicitated on June 11, 2019 for successfully completing their self-defense training under AIF’s one its kind initiative- “Raise Women with Disabilities in Social Engagement (RAISEWISE).” Overcoming their hearing, visual & orthopaedic disabilities, these 40 confident and fearless individuals represented AIF’s dedicated efforts to enhance the role of women with disabilities in sustaining their families, while also achieving gender equality.
Launched on July 1, 2018 under AIF’s Ability Based Livelihood Empowerment (ABLE) program in Karnataka with the support of Circle of Hope, Boston; RAISEWISE empowers women with disabilities to achieve their full potential fearlessly and confidently. Since July 2018, a total of 85 women with disabilities have been successfully trained skilled in “self-defense” skills.
During the Felicitation Ceremony, the beneficiaries showcased their self-defense skills along with their trainer, Girish R Gowda and also spoke about the positive impact and transformation created by AIF’s initiative. Pallavi S., RAISEWISE beneficiary shared “I am more confident now and more significantly I have learnt how to protect myself.” Girish, who is an International Kickboxing Champion, also shared his experience of being the project trainer and mentioned that this project has been very crucial and close to his heart. He motivated the trainees to live in a spirit of “Never Give Up” attitude and motivated them to keep practicing the self-defense techniques.
Since its inception, ABLE has trained more than 15,000 persons with disabilities (PwDs) in workplace readiness and industry skills and created more than 9,200 jobs for PwDs. We are grateful to Boston, Circle of Hope for supporting AIF’s efforts to empower women with disabilities to realize their full potential confidently and fearlessly.
-By Rajvinder Kaur