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What Is ESD?

A System to learn how to avoid danger and de-escalate conflict. ESD practitioners have increased confidence in social and work settings, better problem solving skills and physical defense skills. 

Who Is ESDG?

Empowerment Self-Defense gives us the power to choose how to respond to violence, without judgment or victim-blaming. It empowers us to be in command of our minds, body, and spirit.  It teaches us that we are allowed to live our lives boldly and freely without fear.

Our Vision

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

Our Mission

ESD Global mission is to establish Empowerment Self-Defense as a key violence prevention strategy for individuals and marginalized communities to interrupt, respond to and heal from violence.

Our Values

Every individual has a right to self-determination emotionally and physically. Community-driven processes for personal education and safety, economic development, and environmental impact. Equitable access to resources.

Impact

Behavior Change

Teaching ESD is supported by a preponderance of evidence for changing knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, or behavioral intentions and for reducing victimization.

Self-defense has been empirically proven to decrease a number of psychological attributes that are associated with victimization.

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Sexual Survivorship

U.S. institutes, grant-makers, & departments recommend that people at high risk for violence practice ESD. In a recent report commissioned by the National Institute of Justice, researchers found that ESD reduces the risk of rape by more than 80%, compared to nonresistance.

A number of studies have found evidence that self-defense training may decrease a woman’s chances of experiencing sexual victimization; and that forceful verbal and physical resistance and fleeing (taught in ESD) have a proven association with rape prevention.

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Education

Research in Malawi and Kenya shows the intervention of Empowerment Self-Defense reduces sexual violence in both primary and secondary schools.

Studies show that teaching students proper self-defense techniques can actually reduce school violence. Teachers, administrators, & students can all benefit from learning the techniques in a self-defense program.

Global Scaling

Enabling women to live free of violence requires the integration of programmes for education, retraining and establishing sustainable livelihoods. Women’s self defence programmes have proved effective in removing the debilitating effects of fear.”

Empowerment Self-Defense gives us the power to choose how to respond to violence, without judgment or victim-blaming. It empowers us to be in command of our minds, body, and spirit.  It teaches us that we are allowed to live our lives boldly and freely without fear.

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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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