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ESD Global | Canada + U.S

Empowerment Self-Defense gives us the power to choose how to respond to violence, without judgement or victim blaming. It empowers us to be in command of our minds, body and spirit.

Our Vision

ESD Global envisions a world where people can live safe, violence-free lives.

Our Mission

ESD Global's mission is to establish Empowerment Self-Defense (ESD) as the key violence prevention strategy for women and vulnerable populations worldwide. 

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A Message From ESD Global Team

In the past year, we have witnessed global movements led by people claiming their rights as citizens and demanding the end of systemic inequalities, poverty and injustice one more time. 

From End SARS protests in Nigeria, to the Black Lives Matter movement in the USA, to legislation protests in Hong Kong to abortion rights marches in Argentina, governments have been held accountable from the civil society demanding equal rights for all. 

However, the toughest challenge was yet to come in the form of a global pandemic, taking an horrific toll on individuals and vulnerable communities and hampering the fight for human rights and gender equality. 

While at ESD Global, all of our in-person trainings had to stop because of COVID-19, the struggles faced by the communities we serve continued at higher rates than before.   

We had to rethink how to assist the most discriminated and marginalised individuals in times of crisis and develop innovative resilient strategies to address their needs. The crisis has helped us recognize our privileges but also obliged us to rethink how can we best serve and support our partners and beneficiaries.  

Despite the global pandemic, ESD Global was able in 2020 to launch its programme in Africa.  In February 2020 we succeeded in training our first ever ESD Global African cohort, 15 participants from 7 different African countries were certified as Level 1 Empowerment Self-Defense Instructors, bringing knowledge and experience back to their countries to empower local women and children. At the same time, we were also able to launch our first Violence Prevention Education Conference (VPEC) with leaders from different African countries ready to discuss methods and tolls for vulnerable populations to navigate the world from a safe and empowered space. 

A special COVID-19 response was also designed to provide free online trainings to new partners in Northern and sub-Saharan Africa who were affected by the crisis and in need to learn self-defense skills. 

Strategic Areas

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Capacity Building

Empowerment Self-Defense gives us the power to choose how to respond to violence, without judgement or victim blaming. It empowers us to be in command of our minds, body and spirit.

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Online & In Person Training

Empowerment Self-Defense gives us the power to choose how to respond to violence, without judgement or victim blaming. It empowers us to be in command of our minds, body and spirit.

Outreach & Partners Engagement

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Empowerment Self-Defense gives us the power to choose how to respond to violence, without judgement or victim blaming. It empowers us to be in command of our minds, body and spirit.

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Institution Building

Empowerment Self-Defense gives us the power to choose how to respond to violence, without judgement or victim blaming. It empowers us to be in command of our minds, body and spirit.

PARTNERS AND FRIENDS

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US

For me this was the perfect set up between theory, practice and games. It was about learning from each other and teaching each other. The women in the program were the best. 

The instructor training was very informative and motivating. I loved meeting all the new people and building friendships and appreciated the amount of support and encouragement. 

This was one of the most powerful things I've done...life changing and incredibly inspiring! Thank you to the whole team, especially my instructors. 

This was one of the most powerful things I've done...life changing and incredibly inspiring! Thank you to the whole team, especially my instructors. 

This was one of the most powerful things I've done...life changing and incredibly inspiring! Thank you to the whole team, especially my instructors. 

This was one of the most powerful things I've done...life changing and incredibly inspiring! Thank you to the whole team, especially my instructors. 

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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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