The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) — which is responsible for co-ordination of all skill development efforts across the country — organised a five-day-long self-defence workshop for all its women employees, in partnership with the Sports, Physical Education, Fitness and Leisure Skill Council (SPEFL-SC).
The participants were trained in self-defence techniques and mental agility. They were also taught to be alert and aware of their surroundings to avoid any possible danger.
The session, which began on 28 March, 2022, witnessed participation from over 50 women employees.
The workshop aimed to make women mindful of their security and instil confidence in them to deal with any unforeseen situations. The training modules also taught them to be mentally strong in potentially dangerous or life-threatening situations.
The trainers were professionals from SPEFL-SC, who have also conducted combat training for the Central Armed Police Force, anti-terrorist squads deployed in states, Delhi Police trainers, and female recruits across defence organisations.
On completion of the workshop, the participants were awarded certificates by Rajesh Aggarwal, secretary, MSDE.
The employees who were desirous of pursuing the next level of training have been assured continued support.
Aggarwal, who was pleased to see such good participation, and “an increased level of confidence” in the participants, believes that “Training our women in self-defence techniques will not only boost their confidence but also add to their overall personality development”.
He pointed out that this “is just the beginning of a regime that they should imbibe in their daily lives” and encouraged “other ministries and organisations to join the cause.”
The women participants themselves admitted that the “training session has not only instilled confidence in them but also changed their own perspective about themselves”.