· How the company started? Where did the idea of Fightback program come from? Who is the inspiration?
The Fight Back program was first developed in 2013 by Paritran’s Director and co-founder, Vikrant Pandey (who holds a black belt in Chinese Martial Arts), in collaboration with Mr. Uddab Thapa Magar (a highly experienced practitioner of martial arts and self-defense). Vikrant’s work in risk management combined with his martial arts background gave him the idea to combine self-defense with risk and safety awareness training. From start, the Fight Back curriculum has been indigenously developed using a Human Centered Design approach, through an iterative process of continuously adapting the curriculum based on input/feedback from end users.
· What is fightback?
Fight Back is a sexual violence risk reduction education program for women and girls which develops their critical Mental, Vocal and Physical Skills to prevent, mitigate and manage the risk of sexual violence.
The current Education System has more emphasis on developing Learn and Earn Skills of women and girls, which is absolutely necessary and important in regard to the their overall Empowerment. However, a very important aspect of personal empowerment is developing individual Safety skills, for which our education system has little or no emphasis.
Traditional Martial Arts and Combat based Competitive Sports Systems provide physical skills but fall short to address developing specialized mental and vocal skills to deal with sexual violence. We believe in multi-disciplinary approach which combines Risk Management Skills with Reality Based Self Defense Systems.
A society where Women and girls are free from the risk of sexual violence.
To build the mental, vocal and physical skills to ensure that women and girls are their own protectors.
To increase the prevention and response skills of women and girls.
Reduce/manage vulnerabilities of targeted women trainees towards sexual violence