WISE Founder Teaches Muslim Women Self Defense To Protect Against Hate Crimes

The overwhelming majority of anti-Muslim violence targets women.

In the wake of increasing anti-Muslim hate crimes in the United States, Muslim women are taking their safety into their own hands.

Through her organization, Women's Initiative for Self-Empowerment, karate instructor and activist Rana Abdelhamid leads self-defense workshops for Muslim women, who are overwhelmingly targeted in acts of Islamophobic violence. Albdelhamid, who started the group after a man tried to forcibly remove her hijab when she was 16 years old, is a Shotokan Karate black belt and teaches fellow Muslim women how to react if they experience a violent threat. The Egyptian-American Queens native, is pursuing a master's degree in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, but has taken her classes on the road to places like Washington, D.C., Dublin and Madrid.

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