“No! No! No! I don’t want anything to do with you!” screams 75-year-old Beatrice Nyariara along with her fellow classmates as they practice their self-defense moves.
A few years ago, the elderly women living in Korogocho, known by many to be Nairobi's most dangerous slum, were victims of sexual assault, rape, and murder. Some men in the community attacked the ‘grandmothers’ of Korogocho at night, believing the elderly women were less likely to be HIV positive and that their vulnerability made them easy targets.
A group of women decided to fight back against these sexual predators. They learned how to box, cry for help, and assess dangerous situations. They also taught their community how to help during these attacks.
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