Friday 24 May, 2019

JWN empowers inner city women with self-defense workshop

Alicia ‘Slick’ Ashley (centre) poses with the participants in the self-defense workshop held at the Caribbean Palms Community Centre recently.

Alicia ‘Slick’ Ashley (centre) poses with the participants in the self-defense workshop held at the Caribbean Palms Community Centre recently.

Over 30 young women from communities in the Kingston 11 area were recently empowered with self-defense techniques at a one-day workshop with Jamaica’s five-time world champion female boxer Alicia ‘Slick’ Ashley.

Chairman of the JWN Foundation, Clement ‘Jimmy’ Lawrence said, “The JWN Foundation saw it fit to put on a workshop of this nature as a response to recent increased reports of violence against women. We wanted to play our part in empowering the women of Jamaica at a time when they may feel vulnerable.”

The women were taught self defence techniques as well as given a motivational talk geared at empowering them not only with physical skills but also the mental ability to overcome challenges.

Ashley affirmed her support for the initiative. “When the JWN Foundation contacted me to be part of this EmPOWERment Tour, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. If I can make a positive difference in the life of at least one of these women, then this trip will be worth it.”

Ashley, visited Jamaica as part of a week-long series of activities dubbed the JWN EmPOWERment Tour from April 24 - 28. She also visited the Roger Clarke High School in St Elizabeth and delivered a motivational presentation to the 2017 graduating class. 

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