We are delighted to have our executive director, Ellen Krause-Grosman, visiting the blog today. She's here to tell you about some of ESD Global's hopes and goals, and give you a behind the scenes look at what we're working on.
Q. What, in your opinion, is the most important reason that empowerment self-defense training needs to become as accessible as CPR certification and swimming lesson? Why does ESD deserve to have its own global movement?
A. Empowerment Self-Defense needs its own global movement because it is the one proven intervention that works to:
Reduces the incidence of gender-based violence by up to 50%,
Increases a woman or girl’s chance of deescalating a bad situation before it turns violent,
Provides women and girls with the tools to end a physical assault,
Reduces the time it takes for survivors of violence to heal because they know they did everything they could to protect themselves,
Increases women and girl’s self-esteem and efficacy in all of their endeavors including academics and social relationships
Add this intervention can be taught locally and cost effectively by trained women in 12 – 20 hours in communities worldwide.
Empowerment self-defense is to women's empowerment as exercise and good nutrition are to good health.
It is a must.
Q. ESD Global is a relatively new organization. What are some of your goals for the organazion as a whole? What are you looking forward to as we watch the organization grow?
A. Our goals are to grow a movement to scale access to empowerment self-defense classes globally and to provide a professional organization for ESD instructors and practitioners.
In August we will run our 2nd camp to train ESD instructors.