Lina Khalifeh talks about her career practicing taekwondo and teaching self-defense to women in the Middle East.
When Lina Khalifeh was young, all she wanted to do was play sports with the boys in her neighborhood in Jordan. But the boys bullied her, and her family punished her for getting into fights. That’s when Lina’s mother signed her up to learn taekwondo. Later, with 20 national and international gold medals under her belt, Lina became frustrated with the violence against women she saw all around her. She started SheFighter, the first women-only self-defense school in the Middle East. Lina works with women all over the world to teach self-defense and inspire them to take on active roles in society. Since its first studio opened in 2012, SheFighter has trained more than 25,000 women in 35 countries.
About The Long Game: On The Long Game, we highlight stories of courage and conviction on and off the field. From athletes who are breaking barriers for women and girls to a Syrian refugee swimmer who overcame the odds to compete at the Paralympics, The Long Game examines the power of sport to change the world for the better. The Long Game is hosted by Olympic medalist and change agent Ibtihaj Muhammad as she guides the series around the globe to meet athletes who are fighting for change. See All Episodes
More The Long Game episodes:
Boxing Provides a Path Out of Poverty for Girls in Pakistan
A young boxer is using the sport to change her country’s gender norms.
Soccer Opens Path to Reconciliation
A Rwandan soccer player is using the sport to promote unity and tolerance among his country’s youth.
TIBU Africa Changes Lives Through Sports
A former basketball player is changing the lives of African youth through the power of sports.
Other Foreign Policy podcasts:
The Good Friday Agreement. U.S. soccer negotiations for gender parity. The Bring Back Our Girls campaign. How did these deals get made? On The Negotiators, each episode features one person telling the story of one dramatic negotiation. Hosted by Jenn Williams, The Negotiators is a production of Foreign Policy and Doha Debates.
Spies don’t talk—it’s the cardinal rule of the business. But here at Foreign Policy, we get them to open up. On I Spy, we hear from the operations people: the spies who steal secrets, who kill adversaries, who turn agents into double agents. Each episode features one spy telling the story of one operation. Want swag? Check out I Spy's merch by clicking here.