Pink Belt Project’s mission is to: “Empower women on a recovery journey by connecting them with martial arts for healing, health, wellbeing and growth”.

We acknowledge ‘empower’ has become a word that is used a lot and as a result, can at times lack definition or clarity of outcome.

When Pink Belt Project refers to ‘empower’ we refer to the definition offered by Professor Naila Kabeer:

“The processes by which people, who have been denied the ability to exercise strategic forms of choice, voice and influence – both in their own lives and in their communities – gain that ability to exercise choice. “

Pink Belt Project believes you can’t empower someone else or make someone empowered. We support women to develop attributes key to realising their own personal capacity and agency such as self-worth, self-confidence and self-efficacy.

Pink Belt Project forms part of the ‘processes’ toward empowerment. We do not and can not grant it. Empowerment comes from within.


Professor Naila Kabeer: Empowering women – BroadAgenda

Empowerment – StatPearls – NCBI Bookshelf (

Has empowerment lost its power? | Health Education Research | Oxford Academic (