What the Trainees are Saying!

We’ve been anticipating and planning for months, but on Monday, July 22nd, we finally began our Level 1 Training in Costa Rica. Eighteen energetic and motivated women from nine countries are receiving the training they need to bring ESD to their communities and make the world a safer place. The training is far from over, but here’s what the trainees are saying: “It’s been really interesting and fun to learn different ways to teach self-defense and how to be a community, more like a tribe and to help other women.” “I’m learning a lot of the skills that are needed to teach and share ESD with my community and also learning a lot from all the other participants, their experiences, and the projec

The #YOUAreTheSuperPower Campaign is Here!

The #YOUAreTheSuperPower campaign is here! We've got two new groups of trainees, one meeting in Costa Rica and one meeting in New York, who are ready to begin the process of becoming ESD instructors. And they need your support. About The Campaign Your contribution to the ESD Global Scholarship Fund makes it possible to bring violence prevention to communities worldwide. Many communities lack qualified Empowerment Self-Defense instructors, the front line violence prevention strategy for women and girls. With your help, ESD Global is training new ESD instructors to serve these communities. When you donate to the ESD Global Scholarship Fund, you are helping to train women in a proven violence p

Building Bridges With ESD -- An Interview With Sergio Guillen

​​Things are heating up at ESD Global, as we get ready for so many summer events. One face we'll be seeing regularly at all of our events, in both Costa Rica and New York, is that of Sergio Guillen, who is here with us to talk about his work, his community, and his involvement with ESD Global. In addition to being a project director for an NGO, Sergio works as a suited-instructor. He will be working as a translator during the sixteen-hour IMPACT course for the community of Colon, San Jose Costa Rica while his wife, Jenny, is nearby participating in a Level 1 Instructor Training. And we can't wait to work with him during the very first Men's Incubator. Welcome, Sergio! Q. Please tell us a bit

A Preview of "empowErcaSteD!"

"I need people to help me to save lives." ~ Mariam Kurshudyan, Level 1 Training Graduate ​​We're so excited to announce that later this summer, we'll be launching "empowErcaSteD," a podcast ​​about strong women who are working to make the world a safer place for all of us. In the meantime, we've got this special preview: In May 2019, Mariam Kurshudyan, founder of 4femrights.org, attended a Level 1 ESD Instructor Training* in Lesvos, Greece. She's with us today to talk about her experience, and her goal of bringing ESD training to communities in Armenia, including the transgender community. * The training in Lesvos was conducted in partnership with The Starfish Foundation and El HaLev. * Help

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