Many people dream of making the world a better place. As a leader and activist in the Empowerment Self Defense movement, Yehudit (Yudit) Zicklin-Sidikman has been realizing her vision of a safer world for over two decades. 

Yehudit has founded two organizations, both of which are dedicated to teaching Empowerment Self Defense (ESD) techniques, abuse-prevention skills, and personal safety strategies to all who want and need them.  

Last year at this time, I wrote, “Speaking. Teaching. Air travel. I feel very lucky that those were the major themes of my 2019.” 

In theory, those themes were supposed to continue into 2020.  

In some ways, they did. In a lot of ways, they didn’t. 2020 was definitely the year of "shift happens."

It’s taken me a while to figure out the themes of this crazy year. But I’ve finally settled on three: 

Innovation. Adaptability. Persistence. 

Many of us have been focused on looking for the good moments of 2020. I say we broaden that a little and focus on the significant.  


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Invite Yehudit to speak to your community or organization about violence prevention social entrepreneurship, and Empowerment Self Defense. 

Yehudit is also available for webinars, podcasts, and virtual meetings.

         Yehudit's deep well of experience and knowledge, in combination with her approachability and humor, makes her one of the leading voices in the anti-violence movement today.


For the sake of women and children everywhere, I am so grateful to Yehudit for doing her big work in the world."

~ Erin Weed, Founder of Evoso Academy and Girls Fight Back

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         Yehudit continues to walk, run, speak, and enthrall. She can make you cry with laughter. She is humane. She will raise your spirits.


She fills the world with hope and inspiration, all while remaining grounded and by imparting a few simple skills.”

~ Chana Weinberger, Director of Educational Development and Training, El HaLev

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         Yehudit came along and lifted me up, dusted me off, gave me new blood and breath; she took the ball that so many of us have had in play, and RAN with it.


Yehudit chimes a perfect note on at least 3 levels; intellectual, spiritual, and physical. "

~ Ellen Snortland, award-winning columnist and author of Beauty Bites Beast

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