Celebrating Nak Muay Ying
It’s not easy being a woman in a male dominated sport; it’s not easy being a woman in a male dominated world. Despite the odds against greater adversity, with fewer opportunities and less support, women have taken the muaythai world by storm and shown that it is a sport of both genders, equally. On March 11th, SHEfights: #BeBoldForChange is a celebration of female muaythai in Canada. In our support of International Women’s Day (March 8th) we hope to raise awareness not just to the incredible talent that exists in the female muaythai community, but the stories behind that talent. We hope to show women and girls role models in the sport and inspire new generations to take up not just muaythai, but any sport that previously seemed out of reach. By partnering with IFMA & UN Women’s UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign we aim to bring a voice to these athletes whose stories you might not know, and increase the will and resources to end violence against women in Canada and beyond. This responsibility comes from every individual of every gender, and we want to show that everyone can get involved. As an investment in to the future generations of female athletes, krus, coaches, and community leaders, Back Forward Kick and SHEspars are establishing the SHEfights Youth Training Grant. This grant will provide funding for financially disadvantaged youth who may not have the means to participate in a structured sport like muaythai, and can be applied towards membership fees at an eligible Muaythai Ontario member club. Part of the proceeds from SHEfights will be contributed to this grant on an annual basis, however spectators and supporters can also donate to the grant fund in order to increase the number of athlete’s who can receive such funding. Join us at at the Toronto Estonian House for SHEfights: #BeBoldForChange on March 11th, and celebrate Nak Muay Ying.
“If you want anything done, ask a women.” – Margaret Thatcher