Sir: It is highly admirable how many schools are encouraging and teaching girls to learn the basics of self-defence, and making martial arts like karate, and kickboxing a part of their co-curricular activities. These exercises do more than just make women physically stronger; they make them more aware of their surroundings and play a pivotal role in their empowerment. It vests them with the power to be prepared for any unexpected situation that comes their way. All schools and colleges should be encouraged to train girls in these arts. MAHNOOR JANJUA Karachi Published in Daily Times, May 16th 2018.