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CAIR, Aqabah Karate to Co-Sponsor Free Self-Defense Workshop for Maryland Muslim Women

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/11/16) – On Wednesday, December 14, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, and Aqabah Karate Martial Arts Institute will hold a free self-defense workshop for Muslim women and girls. The workshop was prompted by a post-election spike in hate incidents targeting Muslim women.

WHAT: Self-Defense Workshop for Muslim Women and Girls

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Aqabah Karate Studio, 5301 Edgewood Road, College Park, Md. 20740

COST: Free of Charge

CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry,, 410-971-6062

[NOTE: RSVP required to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.]

The workshop features two experienced instructors who will offer basic tips for women about how to mentally, physically and spiritually prepare to defend against an attack. They will also demonstrate simple but effective self-defense techniques to defend against hijab-grabs, choke-holds and wrist-grabs. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions.

“Hate incidents targeting Muslims are occurring with alarming frequency,” said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry. “Learning basic self-defense techniques not only boosts self-confidence, but is essential to personal safety and well-being.”

Chaudry noted that four separate incidents have been brought to her attention of Muslim students whose headscarves have been grabbed or tugged on Maryland college campuses since the election.

CAIR has urged communities to remain vigilant and exercise standard safety precautions.

SEE: CAIR Urges Vigilance, Solidarity After

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR Spokesperson Dr. Zainab Chaudry,, 410-971-6062

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