AMMAN — “After I was sexually assaulted in the street [in Amman], I realised that sitting in my room wouldn’t help me recover. Instead, I decided to learn how to protect myself and I joined SheFighter,” said 18-year-old Clarissa Leite, a Brazilian living in Amman.
Clarissa is just one of the many examples of how the women’s self-defence studio SheFighter has helped women gain the confidence to stand against aggression.
Founder and CEO of the studio Lina Khalifeh explained how she came up with the idea of a women-only self-defence centre in 2010, after she found out that one of her friends from university was repeatedly abused by her male relatives. 
“Throughout my childhood, I have been harassed and bullied, and I always wondered ‘why do we have to accept this violence, just because we are women?’,” she said in an interview with The Jordan Times on Monday. 
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