Nicola Adams launches self-defence class for women to feel strong and empowered

Two-time Olympic boxing gold medallist Nicola Adams has teamed up with Bodyform to create a self-defence class for women to feel strong and empowered in vulnerable situations
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An online boxing tutorial, available for women to download at their convenience, features the West Yorkshire star demonstrating various boxing techniques and basic defence moves. The five-minute lesson is designed to fit into busy schedules and includes moves that the star might use in a big fight, as well as confidence-building techniques.

This initiative comes in response to a Bodyform survey of 2,000 women, which found that 53 per cent have felt vulnerable and insecure at times, with 46 per cent having felt unsafe. These feelings were triggered when walking down the street at night (61 per cent), on public transport (40 per cent), and even during daytime outdoor walks (35 per cent).

Interestingly, more than half (53 per cent) have already turned to sport or exercise as a means to boost their self-esteem, both physically and mentally. Furthermore, 27 per cent stated that being physically stronger helps them feel safer, more confident, and empowered as women.

Nicola Adams, OBE, who is collaborating with the feminine protection brand to empower women, said: "Bodyform's Superiority campaign is important and comes at a time where we are aware as a nation that women have a right to feel strong and protected, but more work needs to be done."

"The class we've created together aims to provide women+ with tools to help them feel more protected, empowered and to increase their sense of self-worth. I've always set out to challenge norms and to encourage women to believe in themselves, and this is just another way together we can help to break barriers."

The research, conducted via OnePoll.com, revealed that 73 per cent of women feel they shouldn't be threatened by anyone in any situation because of their gender. Those who have felt empowered and secure in recent times said it was typically while they were at work (45 per cent), out with friends (27 per cent), or at the gym (16 per cent).

Two-time Olympic boxing gold medallist Nicola Adams has teamed up with Bodyform to create a self-defence class for women to feel strong and empowered in vulnerable situations
Olympic boxing gold medallist Nicola Adams -Credit:PinPep

To boost their confidence, 42 per cent of women focus on eating well, while 38 per cent prefer to stay in familiar environments like their hometown. Around 28 per cent spend time outdoors to feel more confident, 27 per cent work on building physical strength, and 21 per cent engage in a lot of exercise.

Among those who have embraced sports or exercise to enhance their physical or mental wellbeing, 67 per cent acknowledge it boosts their self-esteem, with many appreciating the sense of focus (44 per cent) or purpose (36 per cent) it provides. However, various obstacles still hinder women from feeling heard and safe, including dominant, more assertive personalities (41 per cent), societal pressures on body image (38 per cent), and a predominance of male decision-makers (24 per cent).

Women wish to feel stronger and more empowered in situations such as walking down the street (39 per cent), in healthcare settings (32 per cent), and at their workplace (31 per cent). Whilst some individuals express a desire to feel secure and at ease in places such as the pub (24 per cent) or nightclubs (20 per cent), and even while running in public spaces (15 per cent).

A representative for Bodyform made this statement: "Partnering with Nicola felt completely right, as everything she stands for as a woman aligns with what we are about strength, both physically and mentally, equality and inclusion. We're not just about words, we're about solutions, and Nicola allows us to do that by creating a self-defence class accessible for everyone and which champions female empowerment."

"Women often face situations where their comfort and protection and security is threatened, and we want challenge and change that."

THE TOP 15 FACTORS THAT EMPOWER WOMEN MORE INCLUDE:

  1. Eating a healthy diet.

  2. Being in a familiar environment like their hometown.

  3. Having knowledge on a discussion topic.

  4. Spending more time outdoors.

  5. Physical strength.

  6. Male understanding of female issues.

  7. Challenging themselves outside their comfort zone.

  8. Being surrounded by family at home.

  9. Being accompanied rather than alone.

  10. Being amongst friends when out and about.

  11. Women holding significant roles in workplaces.

  12. Regular physical exercise.

  13. Practising mindfulness or meditation.

  14. Access to safe spaces for women e.g. drop-in centres.

  15. Being on a call with someone if they are alone outside.