It's Time to Focus on Prevention: VPEC2020

The preparations for the First Global Violence Prevention Education Conference, a joint project of El HaLev and ESD Global, are in full blast. Our Call for Speakers is currently open and we are accepting submissions from professionals from a variety of professional fields including social workers, trauma experts, psychologists, researchers, heads of civil society organizations and NGOs, therapists, Empowerment Self-Defense practitioners, government workers, criminologists, and educators to speak on topics related to primary violence prevention. Our CEO, Yehudit Zicklin-Sidikman, has been travelling the world to attend and present at various conferences, most of which have focused on dome

Celebrating Two Years of ESD Global!

Wow! I am humbled and proud of what the ESD Global community has accomplished in our first two years. 101 women from 39 countries are now teaching Empowerment Self-Defense (ESD) as Level 1 graduates. They are teaching life saving-skills to children, women and men in communities around the world, from Albania, Amenia, Australia, and Brazil, to Chile, Costa Rica, Greece, India, Indonesia, Nepal, and the US, all the while being supported by a dedicated team of mentors and staff. The energy and excitement our graduates share in their programs fills me with pride. Their passion and commitment to doing whatever they can to leave the world a better place than they found it inspires me. In 2019, wit

Promoting A Culture of Self-Care in Your ESD Classes

“I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.” ~ Audre Lorde There’s no denying that taking a self-defense class is an act of survival. Which by definition, makes it a form of self-care that’s actually not so different from taking a bubble bath. And whether they’re conscious of it or not, just by leaving their houses and spending a significant block of time doing something positive for their bodies and souls, the students who show up for your classes are engaging in what’s arguably the ultimate act of caring for themselves. While you might not explicitly teach it or talk about it much in your ESD classes, you can create a cultu

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