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How did Wen-Do come about?
What do we do in Wen-Do
How do the trainers work?
Discussion of role expectations
Who does Wen-Do Zurich work with?
Who is meant by women * and girls *?
Is Wen-Do also possible with a handicap?
Tight budget & subsidies
How can I support Wen-Do Zurich?
Who will help you further?
How did Wen-Do come about?Wen-Do is a physical and mental form of self-defense (self-assertion), which was specially developed for women * and girls * in Canada in 1972. You can read about how it all began on the Wen-Do Canada website. Wen-Do translates as "the woman's path" or "the woman in motion".
What do we do in Wen-DoWen-Do courses are based on voluntariness, self-determination and confidentiality. Wen-Do includes the age-appropriate examination of the problem of violence against women * and girls *. It's about limits: to perceive your own limits and learn to set limits - both verbally and physically. With simple physical self-defense techniques, girls * and women * get to know their existing powers and use them correctly in an emergency. In addition, various situations are dealt with and reaction options are practiced through discussions, exchanging experiences with others and in role-plays. Wen-Do means more security for us, means trusting our inner and outer strengths. Women * and girls * take part in our courses because they no longer want to limit themselves in everyday life out of insecurity, or because they want to gain more security through a more self-confident appearance.
How do the trainers workThe training to become a Wen-Do trainer takes two and a half years. At Wen-Do Zurich we are all trained Wen-Do trainers with many years of experience. We work according to current pedagogical principles and regularly attend subject-specific training courses. Since we usually work in pairs on the courses, we can ideally complement each other with our strengths and skills. We have specialist knowledge in socio-educational work, in crisis intervention and in working with people with migration and refugee experience.
Discussion of role expectationsWen-Do discusses social role expectations. In order for women * and girls * to take away the right to self-determination, discussions about female socialization are needed. Our upbringing still sometimes suggests that we react passively and helplessly in the face of violence. Although violence is being discussed more than before, the willingness to use violence against women * and girls * is tending to increase. That is why it is important for us to work in a gender-specific manner in order to empower women * and girls * and thus enable self-determined action.
Prevention conceptWen-Do works with a prevention concept that aims to preserve the freedom of movement of women * and girls * and, if possible, to expand them. Successful prevention includes a realistic assessment of situations in order to detect sexual assault as early as possible and thus prevent it. This requires correct information about the incidence and frequency of violence against women * and girls *. Most often, girls * and women * still experience violence from people they know in their immediate surroundings.
Victim assistanceCourses are often attended by women and girls who have had a significant amount of violence. As a result, important victim support is provided in Wen-Do. Women * and girls * can process their experiences. Step by step, strategies are developed that strengthen self-esteem. In addition, possibilities are shown how your own limits can be asserted. Sometimes the Wen-Do course is even the place where women * and girls * can break their silence about their experiences and the associated feelings such as helplessness, humiliation, feelings of guilt and shame for the first time and talk about them. It is important that all women * and girls * are given the opportunity to deal with the issue of violence in order to get out of the victim role and to be able to defend themselves.
Who does Wen-Do Zurich work with?Wen-Do Zurich is in exchange with Wen-Do St. Gallen and Wen-Do Bern.
We are also in contact with organizations such as the women's counseling center, women's shelters, girls' shelters or campaigns such as 16 days against violence against women *.
Internationally, we are in contact with a wide variety of Wen-Do clubs and organizations around the world.
We advocate a society without discrimination - be it in the form of sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, anti-Semitism, hostility towards the disabled, towards the elderly or disadvantaged social classes. Female socialization and sexist experiences of violence due to the gender balance are the main focus of our work.
Who is meant by women * and girls *?
Our courses are open to everyone who defines themselves as «female» in the broadest sense and who have had experiences as women * and girls * in society. We are referring to the most diverse femininity with the most diverse realities of life, this should be made visible with the *.
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The courses are suitable for all girls * and women * - regardless of their fitness, their abilities or any restrictions. The gym in which our courses take place is considered barrier-free.
Wen-Do also possible with a handicap?
Tight budget & subsidiesWomen *, girls * and families on a tight budget should contact the office. We offer a 30% discount on the Kulturlegi and there are two subsidized places in each course. In addition, women * registered in the city of Zurich receive a CHF 50 reduction, girls * up to the age of 18 receive a CHF 70 reduction.
How can I support Wen-Do Zurich?Become a donor or sponsor and support the work of Wen-Do Zurich. More on this
Who will help you further?Help - information - advice - conversation
Links and addresses to counseling centers for girls * and women *
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