A Message from Yehudit and Ellen

Welcome to the first ESD Global Update. We are excited to share with you all of the great work that is happening now to create access to empowerment self-defense (ESD). In just over a week, we will welcome 30 women from around the world to the 2nd ESD Global Camp to learn to teach ESD. Their communities range from India to Costa Rico to Chile to East LA to the US Olympic Safe Sport program. We have started a GoFundMe campaign because this ambitious effort needs broad support. Please join us on Facebook for our "10 Days to Camp Countdown" event. We know that our approach to ESD training works because the seeds planted at last year's ESD Global Camp have grown into collaborations to start a ne

"Go out and live safe and powerful lives!" -- Turtle Mountain and IMPACT Boston

On July 6th, 2018, the airport in Minot, North Dakota, was full of excitement. As Meg Stone, executive director of IMPACT Boston, and her colleague Ben Comeau, a suited instructor, came down the escalator to greet the team from Turtle Mountain Empowerment Self-Defense, there was happy shouting, energetic waving, and kisses being blown: We often talk about “the power of one” and how one woman has the power to positively impact one community that will then have the power to impact the world. The success of Turtle Mountain Empowerment Self-Defense can be traced back to the power of one woman, Shanda Poitra, who signed up for her first empowerment self-defense class because she needed a gym cred

ESD Global Camp and Crowdfunding Update!

It's been a thrill to follow the journeys of last year's ESD Global's camp participants into the world of practicing and teaching empowerment self-defense. We are very excited about the recent launch of our GoFundMe campaign, which we are calling "The Power of One." The campaign was created with the goal of bringing thirty more deserving women from around the globe to attend the second annual ESD Global Bootcamp, which starts in two weeks. At camp, these women will learn to design and deliver a ten-hour empowerment self-defense course to women in their home communities. Why is camp so important? ​ Gender-based violence is a worldwide epidemic. According to UN Women, 70% of women will experie

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