ESD Global Launches in Latin America

As the ESD Global Regional Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean, my favorite job is sharing the successes of the growing regional Empowerment Self-Defense community. UN Women reports that our region has the second-highest rate of intimate partner violence in the world, which highlights the need to train new ESD instructors and to support their work to provide violence prevention education. ​​In July, 18 women from 10 countries completed the first Latin America ESD Level 1 ​​Training at the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica. Hanna Gabriels, World Boxing Champion and ESD Global Graduate and spokesperson, met with the President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, to promote i

Help us Welcome Our Newest Team Members

Federica Lacava I am an intersectional feminist and Gender scholar, with professional working experience in development and humanitarian contexts across Africa, Latin America and South Asia. I worked with the UN, INGOs and CSOs in programmatic areas including women economic empowerment,migration, sexual-gender based violence, food security and HIV/AIDS. I am also an ESDG Level 1 Women Self Defense instructor and working on outreach as ESDG Regional Coordinator for Africa. Clara Porter Clara Porter is the founder and director of Prevention. Action. Change. in Portland Maine. She has over 25 years of experience in the field of violence prevention. She holds a Masters of Social Work, is certifi

ESD Global in Latin America and the Caribbean: Making Strides

It has been a very exciting year for ESDG in the Latin America and the Caribbean. We hosted a pilot Instructor Training in July 2019 for 18 activists, gender based violence and empowerment experts in the region and learned a lot about how to organize, coordinate and contextualise our programs for the region. We feel honored and privileged to continue to learn side by side with the amazing women who are currently facilitating ESD courses in the Dominican Republic, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Belize and Ecuador, as well as all over the world. With the current climate of social movements in the region, particularly the feminist and movements against growing disparity, we are m

Looking Toward the New Decade, ESD Global Officially Launches Its Mentorship Program

We talk to Clara Porter, ESDG’s Mentorship Coordinator to get the scoop! In November, ESD Global welcomed a new Team Member onto its ranks to spearhead and grow our long-awaited Mentorship Program. Currently, all ESDG Training Graduates receive two years of mentorship as they go out into the wild to deliver Empowerment Self Defense skills around the world. We caught up with Clara to fill us in on her path to ESD Global and her vision of mentorship and support for its Grads. How did you come to Empowerment Self Defense and, eventually, ESD Global? In 1993 I picked up a flier for women's karate classes at a street fair in Brooklyn, NY. That flier lead me to Brooklyn Women's Martial Arts, now t

The First Violence Prevention Education Conference Launches this February in Israel

ESD Global and El HaLev join forces to host the first of what promises to become an annual conference devoted to Violence Prevention around the world Mark your calendars. Beginning this coming February, ESD Global and El HaLev are proud to launch the First Violence Prevention Education Conference in Jerusalem. Accompanied by a series of Level 1, Master Instructor, and Co-ed Level 1 trainings, the conference features Professor Yair Amichai-Hamburger and Dr. Gal Harmat as keynote speakers. Dr. Amichai-Hamburger is a Professor at IDC Herzliya, a private research university founded in 1994 by Uriel Reichman. He will be speaking on the need to provide children and young people the necessary tools

2019 Has Been a Very Empowering Year

Let’s look back on some of the biggest highlights and get ready for the New Decade ESD Global spent 2019 traveling the world, speaking at conferences, training instructors, and making friends. It was a year of growth and growing pains, teaching and learning, launching new programs and expanding existing ones. In our two years on the path to Empowerment Through Self Defense, we have met beautiful people, reached out to all corners of the world, and, in so doing, realized that we are poised, at just the right time and place, to change the world. So, we invite you to take a little walk through memory lane with us, helping us celebrate a year of successes. We are rolling up our sleeves. 2020 and

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