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Yudit has made significant accomplishments in her life and career.
As an activist, educator, and advocate, she has dedicated herself to promoting social justice, women's rights, education, and violence prevention alongside making strides to globally scale the Empowerment Self Defense movement and it’s accessibility.
Yehudit has been a strong advocate for women's rights throughout her career. She has worked tirelessly to empower women and fight against gender discrimination. Through her activism, she has played a pivotal role in raising awareness about issues such as domestic violence, unequal pay, and reproductive rights. Her efforts have contributed to legislative changes and the implementation of policies that protect and support women in various spheres of life. In 2022 she was honored at the annual UNITAS Gala for her efforts in violence prevention through Empowerment Self Defense.
In addition to her work in women's rights, Yehudit Zicklin-Sidikman has been deeply involved in the field of education. She has worked as an educator, teacher trainer, and curriculum developer, focusing on creating inclusive and empowering learning environments. In recognition of her efforts in violence prevention education, she was awarded for Outstanding Leadership at the Education 2.0 Conference (2022) in Dubai. Yehudit has been instrumental in promoting innovative teaching methods that foster critical thinking, creativity, and social responsibility among students.
Yehudit's contributions in the education sector extend beyond the classroom. She has been actively involved in educational policy-making and has served on various committees and boards dedicated to improving the quality of education, including The Association of ESD Professionals, the International Violence Prevention Education Conference, and the ESD College Certification Committee. Her expertise in curriculum development and educational reform has led to the implementation of progressive and student-centered approaches in schools and educational institutions.
As a social justice advocate, Yehudit Zicklin-Sidikman has consistently fought against various forms of discrimination and oppression. She has been a vocal supporter of marginalized communities, working to raise awareness about issues such as racial inequality, LGBTQ+ rights, and religious freedom. Her commitment to social justice has positively impacted countless individuals and communities, fostering inclusivity and equality. Yehudit has given presentations on the importance of Empowerment Self Defense training at Women Moving Millions Summits. Through her work with The Lions of Judah Association, she has spearheaded projects that generate social justice, aid the vulnerable, and preserve human dignity.
Yehudit Zicklin-Sidikman's accomplishments are not limited to her activism and education work. She is also a respected author, public speaker, and mentor. Through her writings and public speaking engagements, she has shared her insights and experiences, inspiring others to take action and make a difference in their own communities. She is the founder and CEO of MyPwr LTD, and founder and former president of ElHalev and ESD Global Self Defense. Additionally, Yehudit has contributed as an angel investor for multiple organizations contributing to safer societies, IMPACT Personal Safety Global, Power of XYZ, and PAVE Prevention.
Overall, Yehudit Zicklin-Sidikman's accomplishments are a testament to her unwavering commitment to social justice, education, and women's rights. Her tireless efforts have created lasting positive change, empowering individuals and communities to strive for a more equitable and inclusive society. Her work serves as an inspiration for future generations, reminding us of the power of activism and violence prevention in shaping a better world.
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Honestly, at this point in the history of the world, it is clear to me that if we do not stand up to violence, there will be no peace. And standing up to violence includes teaching everyone how to defend themselves."
Yehudit is a philanthropist and social entrepreneur who goes beyond vision, implementing solutions through action. She has founded both non-profit organizations and private companies dedicated to teaching Empowerment Self Defense (ESD), violence prevention, and personal safety strategies to all who want and need them.
Yehudit is the founder and CEO of MyPwr Ltd - a social tech startup whose mission is to create a smartphone app that brings Empowerment Self Defense (ESD) to everyone. MyPwr App teaches ESD's multi-dimensional physical and mental techniques to counter and prevent violence. It provides a mentored, online support community.
Intrinsic to the DNA of MyPwr App is customization and versioning -- providing adaptability to any culture -- be it corporate, educational, specific populations, or geopolitical locations.
Yehudit is the Founder and President of ESD Global Inc., a US-based non-profit that makes in-person ESD training accessible worldwide.
Since its inception in 2017, ESD Global has held nine international ESD instructor trainings and certified 164 women and men from over 40 countries on six continents to provide Empowerment Self Defense instruction to the members of their communities.
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Yehudit is President of El HaLev, an Israeli NGO that provides ESD and martial arts instruction to women, children, and other vulnerable populations. She is also its founder and former CEO.
El HaLev holds Consultative Status with UN ECOSOC (United Nations Economic and Social Council) and is considered to be an expert resource. In addition, El Halev is the recipient of the Midot Seal of Effectiveness for non-profit organizations, an award that attests to El HaLev’s success in stimulating significant social change.
In addition to founding MyPwr Ltd, El HaLev, ESD Global, Yehudit is an angel investor in three ESD-based companies: Power of XYZ – a media solutions company that caters to ESD and violence education prevention initiatives worldwide, PAVE Prevention – a violence prevention educational solutions consultant and service provider, and IMPACT Global - an enterprise that builds and supports international branches to train IMPACT Violence Prevention Instructors. IMPACT is a specialized adrenaline-based ESD workshop.
She advises and contributes to three more ESD nonprofits: The Association of ESD Professionals -- whose aims are to standardize the practice of ESD with credentialing, continuing education, accreditations, and ethical & procedural guidelines to ensure safety and engender public trust, The ESD College Certification Committee, which aims to create a college-level ESD certification and the International Violence Prevention Education Conference (VPEC) -- this conference is an opportunity for experts in a variety of fields to collaborate on developing methods of primary prevention in which education is key.
Yehudit is an inspiring public speaker. Highlights include an ESD workshop at the Girl Up Leadership Summit and a talk entitled “The Role of Empowerment Self Defense as a Method of Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention,” delivered at the 3rd Annual Conference on Domestic Violence in Oslo, Norway.
Yehudit has given presentations on the importance of Empowerment Self Defense training at Women Moving Millions Summits. Through her work with The Lions of Judah Association, she has spearheaded projects that generate social justice, aid the vulnerable, and preserve human dignity.
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Learning to defend ourselves isn’t about gender or taking sides. It’s not about being violent. It’s about defending our right to set and enforce the boundaries that keep us emotionally and physically safe."
Yehudit’s awards include the Israeli Ministry of Social Equality’s Honor Award for prevention of violence against women, the Colleen Gragen Award of Inspiration by the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation, the Jerusalem Woman of the Year (WIZO) award, and the Woman of Valor Award from the Ambassadors' Club of Israel. Nashim Magazine (Top 50 Women in Israel).
Yehudit is also an author, currently writing a memoir about her experience as a survivor and leader in the ESD Movement.