An observatory woman, Kami Gordon, is encouraging women to start self-defence lessons in order to protect themselves against gender-based violence. She believes the move would significantly reduce gender-based violence that has recently plagued the nation. Gordon, who is raising her disabled daughter, will host the first Open Space Self-defence event at Main Park on Saturday 5 October at 10:00. The event will have local self-defence instructors offering lessons at public spaces at least twice a month.Gordon has created a Facebook page called Warpath – Women and Children SA to spread the message. She says perpetrators prey on women. “I would prefer that all classes are in an open public space so that potential perpetrators can see what we are doing,” says Gordon.She hopes to work with various self-defence instructors to present the lessons at a low cost.“I propose that people who can afford it, to pay R50 and, if possible, to sponsor another woman. “The money raised from each class will go to the instructors for their time,” says Gordon.She plans to make the event free to girls. Classes will be held twice a month, depending on instructors’ availability and information will be shared on the Facebook page. Gordon wants the sessions to be conducted in various communities to send a strong message to the perpetrators of gender-based violence. Gordon says she has received a good response from women wanting to attend the lessons with their daughters.Gordon further says interventions and abuse should be prevented in all aspects, saying bullying too, is part of the unaccepted behaviours that should be stopped from an early age starting from school level to prevent it from escalating to adulthood.“I propose that prefects are made bully soldiers and that they all have a WhatsApp group where the victims may anonymously report bullying.” She adds: “Give prefects more authority, we need more people talking at schools,” says Gordon.She has already approached four local instructors and is waiting for confirmation from them. Once confirmed, information for different events will then be shared. Gordon is also willing to help create events and to raise awareness for other communities and to work with the community-based organisations to spread the word of safety. V For more information visit Warpath – Woman and Children Facebook page.