I am an intersectional feminist and Gender scholar, with professional working experience in development and humanitarian contexts across Africa, Latin America and South Asia. I worked with the UN, INGOs and CSOs in programmatic areas including women economic empowerment,migration, sexual-gender based violence, food security and HIV/AIDS. I am also an ESDG Level 1 Women Self Defense instructor and working on outreach as ESDG Regional Coordinator for Africa.
Clara Porter is the founder and director of Prevention. Action. Change. in Portland Maine. She has over 25 years of experience in the field of violence prevention. She holds a Masters of Social Work, is certified in empowerment self-defense (ESD) with both the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation and Center for Anti-violence Education, as well as in advanced Trauma First Aid. In recent years Porter has been engaged in translating ESD approaches to the work environment, working with organizations in identifying the barriers that exist to a safe and fulfilling workplace and in crafting health-promoting solutions. She is also engaged in piloting a program called Healing Through Empowerment, using ESD as a tool for healing to women who have experienced sexual and interpersonal violence.