While most women in the UAE cite that they feel 100 per cent safe in the region, a recent event has challenged those views.

Following the shocking murder of a Filipina domestic worker,  women have been urged to learn self defence.

Gabriela, a women’s rights group, is encouraging women to learn the skills necessary to protect themselves should they ever be in danger.

Kristie Mae Templa Gonzales, secretary-general of Gabriela, an international group advocating women’s rights, told Khaleej Times: “Women are vulnerable to various forms of harassments and sometimes there is no one to protect you other than yourself.”

The advice to learn the self defence also comes after recent reports revealed that 90 per cent of eve-teasing crimes re­ported in the emirate last year were related to indecent assault.

Eve-teasing is a form of sexual harassment of women in public places, the making of unwanted sexual remarks or advances by a man to a woman in a public place.

Gonzales added: “Aside from memorising the police emergency hotlines, the most important thing is to be alert and know how to protect yourself.”

Don’t leave your fate in the hands of others. Ladies, if Gigi Hadid proved anything this week (after she was attacked by a prankster outside a Max Mara show) is that we need to stand up and fight for ourselves…


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UAE Emergency Hotlines:

Police: 999

Ambulance: 998

Fire: 997

Dubai Foundation For Women & Children: (04) 6060300

5 Self Defence Classes In Dubai

Self Defence Fitness First 

Improve muscle tone and endurance levels through a variety of martial arts techniques, moves, kicks, punches, twists and turns.

Dubai Karate Centre

One of the longest-running clubs in the UAE – it was founded in 1983 – learn a variety of self defence disciplines from Judo to Karate, Taekwondo, Aikido, Muay Thai, Kudo and iaido.

Family Martial Arts

Claiming to be a martial arts school with a difference it is currently offering  30-day free trial. The family aspect is that it offers packages for parents and children to train and learn together.

Rafat Shawe

Personal trainer and martial arts expert, Raf will not only get you in shape but will also teach you a few moves to help protect yourself if ever in danger.

Metin Sayer

A certified personal trainer since 2004 and a martial arts instructor since 2002, Sayer’s skills will help you achieve your goals.

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