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The Women Using Judo To Fight For A Brighter Future


Madhya Pradesh has the highest number of reported incidents of sexual violence in all of India – and young women with disabilities are especially vulnerable to attacks. As a result of this, many women don’t feel comfortable leaving their homes.

When Sightsavers asked a group of visually impaired young women what kind of support and training they most wanted, they emphatically chose self-defence training. After learning judo, the young women in this film haven’t just been empowered to live without fear, they’ve also started competing – and winning medals – at national and even international levels.

Put Us in the Picture is Sightsavers’ campaign calling for the rights of people with disabilities in developing countries to be upheld. That includes the right to go to school, find work, access health care, vote and stand for office, and participate fully in society, without fear or discrimination. The women’s self-defence group is a perfect example of the transformation a truly inclusive world can bring about – they’re changing attitudes, breaking down gender and disability stigma, and showing that a world where everyone can claim their rights is a world worth fighting for. 

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