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What Is Empowerment Self-Defense Global?

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A Global Network That:

Cultivates and teaches ESD instructors

Advocates for ESD in communities along with other safety measures.

Incubates new approaches to promote teaching and learning ESD such as: professional networks, consulting efforts, and online learning.

Changes social norms about violence against women.

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Methodology

ESDG deploys methods that leverage engagement, buy-in, behavior-change, & community outcomes, based on influencing peer norms & depends on peer-to-peer learning.

Peer & Applied Learning

Individuals understand, integrate information and behavior changes when messages and information are from peers. Applied learning: students retain information and are more likely to change behavior when learning is combined with applied practice.

Social Cognative Theory & Theory of Reasoned Action

  • Understand Risk

  • Acknowledge Risk

  • Change Behaviors

  • Change peer norms around behaviors

  • Behaviors are reinforced by peer norms

Community Organized Theory 

  • Participatory decision-making process 

  • Identifying key health issues and strategies to address

  • Strengths-based

  • Collective Mobilization Context and root causes

  • Participation across community

Knowledge Outcomes
From ESD

How to recognize and respond to abuse, coercion, and boundary violations. Physically protecting yourself from violence. Personal advocacy and communication around safety and violence.

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Outcomes From ESDG Instructor Training:

Ability to teach others how to recognize and respond to abuse, coercion, and boundary violations. Core understanding of Empowerment Self-defense (ESD) methodology. The ability to teach easy to learn ESD that includes: 

  • Physically protect yourself from violence

  • Personal advocacy and communication 

  • The ability to create, adapt and teach ESD classes for different audiences 

Class management includes understanding trauma, management safety, and respect. Lead activities to help recognize and respond to abuse, coercion, and boundary violations. Teach individuals easy to learn verbal and physical protection tool for navigating and preventing violence. 

Activities

Options to identify, interrupt, respond to & heal from violence through games, activities, & discussions. Ensure that self-defense tools are evidence- and research-based. Empower individuals rather than using fear as a motivation.

Help individuals understand that they have permission to defend themselves if they choose to.  Understand the framework that systemic oppression, power, & privilege affect access to self-defense. Individuals’ adaptive strategies help them to survive past violence, & training tools enable them to make different choices in responding.

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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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