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News 11 Oct 2021 - 2 min read

The TikTok dance teaching self-defence to young women

By Sam Buckingham-Jones - Senior Writer
A dance shared on TikTok with the hashtag #EmpowerMoves is actually a carefully choreographed sequence of self-defence actions, designed by UN Women Australia to teach and empower young women.

“#EmpowerMoves invites girls to have some fun and create a movement and conversation about gender equality," Sunita Gloster, industry commentator and Advisor to the UN Women Australia, said.

A dance shared on TikTok with the hashtag #EmpowerMoves is actually a carefully choreographed sequence of self-defence actions, designed by UN Women Australia to teach and empower young women.

What you need to know:

  • UN Women Australia has launched a new campaign, #EmpowerMoves, a dance that teaches basic self-defence actions.
  • The dance, created to celebrate International Day of the Girl, is easy to learn and girls can share their support by recreating it on TikTok.

 

UN Women Australia has created a dance to be shared on TikTok that teaches basic self-defence actions, as part of a campaign for International Day of the Girl.

The dance sequence, shared by celebrities and backed by the music of Australian singer-songwriter Wafia, uses the hashtag #EmpowerMoves and was created for girls to share their support for a safe and equal future.

Choreographer Karla Mura and self-defence course She Fights Back developed the dance.

“The challenges girls face are unrelenting, some we could have never imagined, but they are resilient and deserve to celebrate their strength,” UN Women Australia CEO Simone Clarke said.

The #EmpowerMoves campaign was created by The Monkeys, part of Accenture Interactive, with support from UM and Edelman. Media has been donated from Seven, Nine, Network 10, Google, Mamamia, NOVA, SCA, Facebook and oOh!media.

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