Muay Thai Against Violence
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Fighting sport such as Muay Thai is a perfect mechanism to deliver an anti-violence message.

The fighting ring may not be the most obvious place to campaign to stop violence against women, but muaythai fighters believe their sport is the perfect vehicle to get the message across, writes Michael Daly of

They have joined forces in New Zealand and around the world with UN Women – the UN organisation working for gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Muaythai is also one of the partners involved in UN secretary-general’s UNiTE campaign to end violence against women which promotes an “orange day” on the 25th of each month to raise awareness and take action.

In November, the 25th is also the international day for the elimination of violence against women and this year is being promoted as the start of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. The 16 days end on December 10 – human rights day.

Muaythai revolved around tradition, honour and fair play.

Muaythai fighters who had come from really heavy backgrounds had changed who they were and how they behaved, and had passed those new behaviors to other people.

Around the world, many female athletes involved in muaythai had been victims of rape or abuse, and the sport had made a big difference to many of them.