Taekwondo fighter, referee and self-defense trainer, Thursdaline Peter is fighting domestic and all forms of violence and abuse against women through her martial arts skills.
Peter is also Nigeria’s youngest taekwondo referee, and has won several awards in Africa and Asia.
At her academy Body Dynamics, Peter, who was inspired to join taekwondo to fight violence against women trains people on how to defend themselves in face of danger.
She also takes her gender equality and self-defence advocacy to secondary schools across the country.
We were part of the success of the Youth Summit on Rape/HIV awareness in Lagos hosted by Stand to End Rape Initiative (STER). It was a massive turnout with over 200 participants from 15 senior secondary schools (girls and boys) in Lagos education district one. Our self defence session was very impactful as the students were worked through both mental and physical self defence training. It was a great privilege to work alongside great minds and speakers from various fields like Mirabel center Lagos, Domestic and sexual violence response team, Lagos state AIDS control Agency and AHF. Courtesy of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Stand to End Rape/STER, Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team of Lagos State. Body Dynamics is using this medium to sincerely appreciate the Lagos State Ministry of Education, Lagos State Ministry Of Justice and Lagos State Aids Control Agency – LSACA for your endless support towards the welfare of the youths and partnership to STER to make this event an unforgettable one. We're effective and affordable, feel free to invite our team to facilitate fitness and self-defence training for your school or organization. Thank you.
Speaking to BBC News Pidgin, Peter said: “Don’t let anyone talk you into believing that you’re weak, that girls and boys are different. Girls and boys have equal rights. You are strong. You have the strength.”
The Nigerian Taekwondo fighter kicking gender inequality where it hurts pic.twitter.com/vGObwNrRWo
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) September 9, 2017
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