Fighting violence against women through world-class karate

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Koyamada International Foundation (KIF), the World Karate Federation (WKF), and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) are bringing together diverse communities of women in the Los Angeles to launch an initiative targeting gender-based violence named Guardian Girls Global Karate Project (“Guardian Girls Karate”) on Saturday, October 8, 2022, from 4-8:30 p.m. at the Terasaki Budokan in downtown LA. This inaugural event begins with a “Guardian Girls Karate Women’s Self-Defense Seminar”, followed by an evening dedicated to “Women’s Mental Resilience” with a special screening of the award-winning short film “Shadow Glass” and a panel discussion on mental health and resilience. All events are free. The “Karate Night” VIP dinner reception will kick off the weekend’s events at the official residence of the Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles on October 7.

The “Women’s Self-Defense Seminar” from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. includes an orientation session by UNFPA’s Mariarosa Cutillo, Chief of UNFPA’s Strategic Partnerships Branch, on the impact that gender-based violence (VBG) has on women and girls around the world, followed by self-defense training by American Karate Olympian Sakura Kokumai and Karate World Champion Elisa Au.

A special mental health session titled “Women’s Mental Resilience” includes a screening of the award-winning short film “Shadow Glass”, followed by a 60-minute panel discussion led by mental health professionals, the lead actress of film Ava Hall, United States Karate Olympian Sakura Kokumai and government officials 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Shin Koyamada, president of KIF, 3rd degree black belt in karate and star of The last Samouraishared with passion, “By providing girls and young women with advice, knowledge and techniques, this initiative can help them develop their self-esteem, discover martial arts as a means of learning self-defense, self-discipline, mental, spiritual and character development and enhance their potential in life and their communities, and also help prevent and respond to violence.

The Los Angeles event will be amplified globally by KIF, UNFPA and WKF through their combined global networks of nearly 200 countries, territories and regions with Member National Federations and country offices in which they have relationships. in government, business, medical, academic, educational, media and entertainment, and sports. Additionally, the programs will potentially meet millions of followers and supporters worldwide through their combined social media.

About the Koyamada International Foundation

KIF is an international non-profit organization founded in 2008 by international celebrity Shin Koyamada and his wife Nia Lyte. With headquarters in Los Angeles and national chapters around the world, KIF manages global initiatives and operations through strategic partnerships with the United Nations and other international organizations.

About the United Nations Population Fund

UNFPA is the United Nations agency for sexual and reproductive health. UNFPA’s mission is to create a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA calls for the realization of reproductive rights for all and supports access to a wide range of sexual and reproductive health services, including voluntary family planning, quality maternal health care and comprehensive sex education.

About the World Karate Federation

The WKF is the international governing body for karate. With 200 national federations and its headquarters in Madrid (Spain), the WKF manages the sport of karate for its more than 100 million fans around the world and organizes karate events around the world.

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