Triveni’s from India, and it’s widely recognised here (as in many other places) that the risk of violence and exploitation faced by women generally is even greater for women with disabilities.
A group of more than 50 young girls, from the districts of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, are being taught judo as part of an empowerment project aiming to support women to feel safer when on their own in public. The training has taught the girls to fight off and take down potential attackers.
But as well as gaining physical skills through the project, the girls are also combating misconceptions about people with disabilities. They’re even bringing some glory to their home towns, as they’re hauling back medals from national judo competitions.