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#WeBelieveSurvivors

The Ghomeshi trial brought about many triggering and traumatic feelings for sexual assault survivros, women and community members alike.  The Centre for Women and Trans People and Farrah Khan, through the Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education at Ryerson, organized a rally the day of the verdict on March 24, at Old City Hall with an amazing line-up of

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Safer on the streets of St. John’s

After a woman was assaulted in downtown St. John’s, CBC Newfoundland reporter went to get some tips from Wen Do instructor Renee Sharpe on how to defend herself. Click here to watch Renee in action!

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Warrior Women

Warrior Women is a short documentary series premiering on July 25. The show gives us a look at women’s martial arts across the GTA, and episode 3 is about Wen-Do. You can watch the show on Fibe TV, channel 1. Click here to check out the Warrior Women Facebook page.

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Muslim Women’s Fund

The Muslim Women’s Fund is the product of a crowdfunding campaign organized by WenDo Instructor, Arij Elmi in the fall of 2015.  Over 40 supporters across the US and Canada donated to this LaunchGood campaign in response to the rise of anti-Muslim sentiment in Canada. Wend-do was able to offer 6 free workshops for Muslim women and girls to learn

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Janet Cluett Fund

The Janet Cluett Fund is in memory of a well-known Wen-Do Instructor who overcame severe adversity in order to complete her Instructor training course, while at the same time successfully escaping from the man who was intent on killing her.  Yellow Brick Shelter gave refuge, support and safe housing for herself and her children.  On November 5, 2015 Janet passed

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Lessons in Self Defence

Wen Do instructo Shailagh Keaney at The Tower, an anarchist social space in Hamilton, last April. The Hamilton Spectator covered Shailagh’s workshop, and produced this excellent video. Click here to read the full article at the Hamilton Spectator website.

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Wen Do in Sheshatshui

What was supposed to be a Wen-Do demo in a grade 8 class in Sheshatshui, Newfoundland and Labrador, quickly turned it into an opportunity to facilitate a conversation about consent, being the boss of your body and your choices, and working towards supporting ourselves and each other in what is clearly an unsafe situation for both boys and girls in this

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Fighting Back

More than fifteen years ago, Brent Choi and his ad agency worked with the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre to make a PSA about violence against women. A staff member at the TRCC expressed frustration because women and girls were so often discouraged from helping themselves. She said, ‘If you were in a burning building, would you discourage someone to call

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