Self-Defense Camp for Women and Girls in Qarshi

To support Uzbekistan’s efforts to protect women’s and children’s rights, the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent is pleased to announce the expansion of its Self-Defense Camp for Women and Girls to the regions of Uzbekistan.

Qashqadaryo becomes the first region outside of Tashkent, where women and girls will have the unique opportunity to benefit from the camp and the critical safety and security skills it teaches.

Personal safety is your right no matter your location, whether at home, in the workplace, or on the street. One in three women experiences physical violence in her lifetime, most frequently committed by a person they already know.

The problem is so pervasive that, more likely than not, someone around you—a family member, neighbor, co-worker, friend, or even you, yourself, — has experienced this type of abuse. Unfortunately, harassment and stalking on the street are an everyday reality for many women around the world.

To build the skills and confidence women and girls need to protect themselves, the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent is launching the initial round of women’s self-defense camp in close collaboration with an alumna of a U.S. Department of State Sports Visitor exchange program and professional Taekwondo instructors in Qashqadaryo.

Classes will take place at the Fitness Center of Watersports Complex in Qarshi and run for three months beginning in mid-December 2023. The exact start date will be shared with selected participants. There will be classes for two age groups, each with a maximum of 30 participants.

Participants will learn a set of techniques and exercises to defend themselves against physical threats and methods to maintain their strength and overall well-being.

Participants will also learn stress management techniques, and approaches for resolving conflict and communicating openly.

These classes are open to girls and women 13 years old and older, regardless of their fitness level or prior training experience.

Registration deadline: Saturday, November 25, 2023*

*Only 150 applications will be registered for each group. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the deadline or until 150 are received, whichever comes first.
Please feel free to distribute this information among girls and women in your community.


  • This project is for girls and women only
  • Classes are free of charge
  • Participants will be selected based upon their applications
  • The classes will take place at the Fitness Center of Watersports Complex in Qarshi