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Making History Everyday 

ESD Global (ESDG) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to share the methodology of “Self-Defense and Empowerment” as a key strategy for the prevention of violence for both women, children and their affected communities. It is dedicated to making Empowerment Self Defense (ESD) accessible globally. 

The Birth Of ESD:
2017

ESD Global was founded in 2017 by Yudit Sidikman after a consortium led by 32 self-defense and violence prevention experts from seven different countries and four universities turned shared ideas, plans, and passion into an organization. ESD is a framework of self-defense that prioritizes educating individuals about the nature of violence and providing training in comprehensive skills to de-escalate and avoid violence, along with training in practical physical self-defense skills. With the goal of spreading access to this model across the world, ESDG was born, drawing on decades of research and development, along with hundreds of years of combined experience and dedication demonstrated by women all over the world. The first Train-the-Trainer was held in the USA bringing together 13 women from 5 countries.

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2018

Train The Trainer Launches: 2018

ESD Global launches its official Train the Trainer program with 2 groups of aspiring and experienced ESD instructors, 27 individuals from 9 countries (7 countries new to ESDG).

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2019

ESDG Goes International: 2019

ESD Global conducted three trainings:

  • In the the USA 

  • In Greece: training women on the front lines of the migration crisis for leaders within refugee communities.

  • In Latin America: The very first, which was conducted in Costa Rica in alliance with the United Nations-Mandated University for Peace.

  • In total, ESDG trained 85 women in 2019.

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2019 

The Men's Incubator Is Introduced: 2019

ESDG launches a men's incubator, an ESD program for men, with 13 men from 9 countries.
Building on the work of the men’s group and experience of women-founders trained in previous years, ESDG conducted its first Co-Ed Instructor-for-Instructor Training Program, focused on youth and adolescents.     

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2020

First VPEC Conference: 2020

ESDG co-hosts the world's first Violence Prevention Education Convention (VPEC), now held annually.

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2020

ESDG Fellow Expands Trainings: 2020

  • ESDG scheduled 20 instructor programs in 17 countries which were cancelled due to Covid.             

  • February 2020, ESDG organized two instructor trainings,  and one Master Instructor training, bringing together 60 participants from 24 countries. (majority from the continent of Africa).

  • ESD has been implemented in 51 countries, through its instructor training and mentoring programs and by fostering partnerships. 

  • 75% of ESDG graduates are active and providing ESD.

  • ESD Global launched a fellows program where it selected a cohort to work locally in the regions to expand networks and partnerships with leaders, community groups and nonprofit agencies.

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2021

Uniting Nations:
2021

  • ESD Global is welcoming new partners to our in-person trainings, September-December in Albania, Greece, Mexico, Rwanda, US and more.

  • Violence Prevention Education Convention (VPEC) Prague October 2021

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LOOKING FORWARD

ESD Global looks forward to scaling its programs and impact over the next five years with the following goals:

 

REGIONS:

  • Present in 100 countries, with in-country instructors in at least 75, including 27 African countries with trainers in each.

  • All regions have ESD in college settings and K12 school programs.

  • ESD collaborates with governmental entities in each region on policy & distributed ESD trainings.

 

PROGRAMS

  • People on the Move (POM) Program underway with trainers in population centers with displaced persons.

  • ESD Rapid Response Team, to serve six-month periods for intensive ESD development in trauma-impacted settings where violence against women flares, such as war & natural disaster zones.

  • Specialized curricula for Survivors, LGBTQ+, People on the Move, BIPOC, College’s, Persons with Disabilities, & Indigenous populations.

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ESD Global is a US-based nonprofit organization (NGO) that envisions a world where people can live safe, violence-free lives.  ESD Global is dedicated to making Empowerment Self-Defense (ESD) accessible around the world through increasing public awareness of its profound benefits.

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