Self Defense for Muslim Women


Challenging Islamophobia on Campus - Wen-Do PosterWen-Do teaches ways to deescalate situations, draw in bystanders in the face of hateful attacks, and help build a safer community. This series of self defense workshops is for Muslim-identified women who feel threatened by Islamophobia.

Muslim women have the right to feel safe in our communities. Public attacks of Muslim women in Canada have made many of us fearful. We know it’s never our fault when we are attacked. Some of us want to strengthen our options to stay safer; this is one way to do it. Join us for a workshop by Muslim women for Muslim women facilitated by Wen-Do instructor Arij Elmi that focus on self-defense, sisterhood, and resistance!

We are offering two different FREE workshops:

On Campus 3 Hour Introductory Course

When: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 – 6-9pm
Where: CIBC Hall Student Centre, Room 319 at McMaster University

Light refreshment will be served.

Off Campus 2 Day Course

When: Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3, 2016 – 9:30am-5:30pm
Where: YWCA Senior’s Centre Auditorium, 75 MacNab Street South – Hamilton ON

Vegetarian lunch will be provided.

How to Register:

Space is limited for both events. Please register early at

For more information about accessibility, dietary restrictions, and child-minding, contact 905.525.9140 x27581 or

Learn simple, yet effective moves (physical and verbal self-defense skills) and we’ll talk about the ways that we as Muslim women access safety, and carve out safer spaces for ourselves. 

This event is open to anyone who self-identifies as girl or woman that is Muslim through the spectrum of familial, spiritual, political, cultural, community and ancestral connections. Come as you are. The workshop is designed for folks with varying levels of fitness and ability. No experience necessary. 

Presented by Human Rights & Equity Services, McMaster University, and SACHA as part of the Challenging Islamophobia on Campus initiative.

Thank you to Outburst! Movement of Young Muslim Women for inspiring this event and for the amazing work that they do!



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