Colombia Launches Guardian Girls Aikido in Bogotá 🇨🇴

<span style="font-size: 2vmin; color: #000000;">Japanese Ambassador to Colombia Masahiro Takasugi</span>
Japanese Ambassador to Colombia Masahiro Takasugi
KIF Colombia President Nia Lyte

In a historic stride towards eradicating gender-based violence, the Koyamada International Foundation Colombia (KIF Colombia), in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund Colombia (UNFPA Colombia) and the Colombian Aikido Federation (FCA), proudly unveiled the "Guardian Girls Aikido" project in Colombia on February 14th in Bogotá.

UNFPA Colombia Representative Luis Mora
International Aikido Federation President Wilko Vriesman

The Guardian Girls Aikido stands as a pioneering initiative dedicated to thwarting gender-based violence by empowering girls and women through Aikido self-defense training. Nationally administered by KIF Colombia and internationally overseen by Guardian Girls International (GGI) as an integral component of the broader Guardian Girls program, the project is designed to endow participants with the skills necessary to defend themselves against various forms of violence.

Colombia Aikido Federation President Abraham Builes Mesa
KIF Colombia Board Member Camila Peroni

The launch event convened esteemed guests and leaders from the Government of Colombia, United Nations agencies, international NGOs, corporations, and Aikido delegations across Colombia. The celebration took place on February 14th at the Official Residence of the Japanese Ambassador to Colombia, Masahiro Takasugi, from the Embassy of Japan in Colombia.

Japan Ambassador, Sport's Vice Minister, UNFPA Colombia, KIF Colombia, Colombia Aikido, International Aikido
KIF Colombia President Nia Lyte and Colombia Aikido Federation President Abraham Builes Mesa

Among the notable attendees were Japanese Ambassador to Colombia Masahiro Takasugi; Ms. Nia Lyte, President of KIF Colombia and Guardian Girls International; Mr. Camilo Misael Iguaran Campo, Colombia's Vice Minister of Sports; Mr. Luis Mora, UNFPA Colombia Country Representative; Mr. Wilko Vriesman, Chairman of the International Aikido Federation (IAF); Mr. Abraham Builes Mesa, President of the Colombia Aikido Federation; and Mr. Roberto Vélez Vallejo, Former CEO of the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC).

KIF Colombia President Nia Lyte and Colombia Aikido Federation President Abraham Builes Mesa sign national MOU

Looking forward, Guardian Girls Aikido is poised to extend its impact to other major cities and rural communities across Colombia, positively influencing the lives of hundreds of girls and women both physically and mentally. Through collaboration with governments, local U.N. agencies, NGOs, and corporations, KIF Colombia envisions the project evolving from a three-month initiative into a year-long endeavor with the establishment of the Guardian Girls Aikido Academy.

KIF Colombia's guests
Guests during the event