Female Fight for Peace members begin fitness training programme with Brazilian journalist Carol Barcellos 

31/08/2017 – The first training session in the Destemidas project occured this week, staged by Fight for Peace in collaboration with Brazilian Journalist and Presenter Carol Barcellos. The project was inspired by Kathrine Switzer, who in 1967 became the first woman to complete the Boston marathon, overcoming prejudice and hostility and opening the way for female participation in the 26 mile race.

The aim of Destemidas is to tackle inequality between sexes by deconstructing prevalent stereotypes of women as fragile and submissive. As well as promoting female participation in physical activities, the project will include talks on a number of issues including sexual and reproductive health and rights, prejudice in the workplace and violence against women.

The first stage of the project, which took place in central Rio de Janeiro, saw thirty young women participate, completing a three hour session composed of general fitness and functional training and nutritional and orthopedic guidance.

“When I heard that this was going to be a project related to marathons, I thought that it would be all about running but it was much more than that. During the first session, we learned about each of the elements of being a runner from warming up correctly to eating the right food. It was a real pleasure to get the chance to learn so much and I could see how happy all of the girls were to be a part of the project”, said Raíssa Lima, a judo player at Fight for Peace in Rio.

Present at the first session of the project was nutritionist Maria Eduarda Guaraná along with coaches César Parcias and Marcos Dantas, all of whom appear in the Planeta Extremo TV series which sees athletes take on challenges demanding high levels of fitness. The team of  coaches aims to get the Destemidas project participants physically prepared to compete in a half marathon in 2018.