Words by Mahila co-founder Julie Morrill
I was very excited for the opportunity to teach self-defense in Nepal. I’ve taught all over the US and in Haiti, which was a fun experience, as I got to teach in French! (And, whoa, that was outside my comfort zone! But considering self-defense techniques are usually outside the comfort zones of the women I teach, that seemed fair!)
As we were making the 1½-hour drive to the rural village of Keragari, Arun (Eco-Organic Nepal’s Marketing and Media coordinator) turned to me and said, “So, what is your plan with this group? Rural women may not be very open to the idea of physical self-defense training.” Uh-oh.