Empowering Female Refugees With Emotional and Physical Self-Defense

"I learned that if you are strong and assertive, there is a solution.” ~ Participant from Lesvos ESD Training, 2018 ​Seventy women. Sixteen countries. Six days. Those are some numbers from a pilot program launched by ESD Global and The Starfish Foundation to teach Empowerment Self-Defense (ESD) to female refugees in Lesvos, Greece in November of 2018 which we are continuing in 2019. Lesvos is the residence of 7,000 refugees who have been living in camps since 2015. It took just a few hours for all of the women involved to become sisters. By day, they supported each other as they learned to yell, “NO!” By night, and during the breaks, they would sit and talk about their experiences as women.

A Safer World for Athletes is in Your Hands

This summer, ESD Global is hosting a Level 1 Elite Athletes ESD Instructor Training, led by Olympic gold-medalist Arlene Limas, for professionals who work with athletes and for athletes who may have recently retired from competition who are looking for a way to give back to the community and to help effect real change. Elite athletes face unique challenges and need ESD instructors who understand their world. Here is Arlene’s vision, along with her thoughts on the importance of this important new initiative: I am an Olympian. I am a gold medal winner in the sport of TaeKwonDo. And I am very passionate about giving our high-level athletes the tools to protect themselves from predatory behavior

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