Girl Up & ESD Global Combine Forces to Empower Girls

ESD Global combined forces with Girl Up, an international organization advancing girls' skills, rights, and opportunities to be leaders, to offer an empowerment self-defense workshop at the July 2020 Girl Up Summit. This event connects world leaders, gender equality advocates, and inspires activists for gender equality. “The most common feedback I get from adult women in my ESD classes is :“I wish this had been accessible for me when I was younger",” says Rachel Collins, the ESD Global staff member who presented an hour-long workshop on basic empowerment self-defense skills to more than 150 girls at the Girl UP summit last week. While this year's summit had to be virtual, it had no shortage

Unprecedented Empowerment Self-Defense Movement led by ESD Global Graduates in DR Congo

Working with a network of young leaders in DR Congo, Aimé Kamosi Kazika recognizes the importance of cultivating Empowerment Self-Defense skills in youth. Aimé sees violence as a major issue in Kinshasa, his country’s capital, and believes that all young men and women should learn Empowerment Self-Defense (ESD). Aimé is the National Representative at Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD), an international movement empowers young leaders to shape sustainable food systems. Aimé thought that self-defense is only for “certain groups of people”, but after completing an ESD Global Co-Ed Instructor training in Israel last February, he realized that “everyone needs to know Empower

ESD Global Builds an Online ESD Community for Women Working on the Front Lines of Humanitarian Crise

The ESD Global mentorship program now supports ESD Level 1 Graduates to teach ESD skills online as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic which has put in-person instructor trainings on hold. Aude Mulliez, ESD Global’s Latin America & Caribbean Regional Program Manager and Refugee Program Manager supports ESD Global Level 1 graduates to equip women in refugee hotspots with Empowerment Self Defense (ESD) skills. This initiative is expanding and currently includes women humanitarian workers as well as community leaders in refugee camps in Greece and the region, coming from 6 different countries. Nina Milburn, Manager of the Child Protection Unit at Still I Rise is teaching the second 5-part onlin

Nigerian ESD Global Graduate Amplifies Womens' Voices in Response to Increased Rates of Domestic

Gender-based violence is a common phenomenon in Nigerian households, like in many other parts of the world. Adanma Nwokoma (Olowa), a Nigerian gold medalist in Karate with 20 years of martial arts experience, could not set safe boundaries with her own family members. Adanma is a survivor of domestic violence. Adanma points out that women play a role in normalizing a victim mindset when they don’t support one another. Reflecting on her own experiences, she shares that while trying her best at work, other women in her circle questioned her passion and efforts, regarding them as a threat to men’s role in the society. Adanma notes that ESD is different from any martial arts she has trained in.

ESD Global Level 2 Graduate Instructor Pacha Aspires to Empower Women in Chile and Latin America

We are excited to share that María Paz Toro Leal (Pacha) achieved ESD Global Level 2 Instructor status! Pacha has been an ESD self-defense instructor for women and groups at risk since 2016. She holds a Degree in Education and Philosophy and has developed several projects from popular education and decolonial community feminism. She is currently developing the Self-Defense Project in Chile, which aims to open a training space for new self-defense and empowerment instructors. "Learning to set boundaries and using our voice is part of what we share in self-defense workshops, as an instructor and educator, we want to take these tools to all possible educational spaces, we are happy that we will

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