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Workshop: Self-defense and Self-assertion for women (24-25 Sept 2022)

GOE_Logo_Quer_IPC_Farbe_RGBThe Equal Opportunities and Diversity Unit announces a workshop on self-defencse and self-assertion for women. For a detailed descirption of the workshop please see below.

The course will be held in German and English. Discussions will be held in a way that enables participation in both languages. The course is open to all female university staff and students and especially addresses international students and teaching /research staff, as well as women with migration background.

Date: Saturday and Sunday, 24./25. September 2022, 10:00 until 15:00 o’clock
Location: Lohbergschule, Sports Hall, Breslauer Straße 31, 37085 Göttingen (entrance via schoolyard), Link Google Maps:; Bus 91/92
Registration: Equal Opportunities and Diversity Unit, University of Göttingen, Dr. Nina Gülcher, Mail:

Please note: In order to provide the largest amount of safety to you and the trainers, please bring along proof of a valid negative Covid-19-test result or bring along a test kit and test yourself under supervision of the trainers before the course starts.
Please bring sports clothes and shoes, as well as something to eat and drink.

Detailed description of the workshop: Participants will learn simple and effective techniques for self-protection that will enable them to immediately defend themselves in an assault situation. For this purpose attendees will be taught punches, kicks and other defense techniques. The concept of the course was adapted to hygiene regulations in order to avoid coronavirus infections. There will be a minimum distance of 1,5m between the participants at all times and no use of the same materials without disinfection. Regarding self-defence, the course will teach basics that are compatible with these restrictions. Regarding self-assertion, the focus will lie on training verbal and physical behaviour patterns that can be used to counter any kind of unwelcome advances, harassment and assault. The course aims to convey confident manner and how to reject transgressions decisively and self-assuredly. Techniques and exercises mainly derive from Wen-Do, a concept of self-assertion and self-defence developed especially for girls and women. Course contents will be based on the participants‘ personal experiences and know-how with special attention paid to different perspectives and backgrounds. No particular athletic skills are required.