• Yehudit Zicklin-Sidikman

November. When Change is in the Air.

Updated: Nov 18, 2020



Today, I was hoping to be flying to Albania to teach the first ESD Level 1 instructor training since the outbreak of COVID 19. While I am not, the reasons are good.

There is change in the air. November has always been a frustrating month for me. Yes, we need to be talking about survivors and how to support them as they heal and walk away from abuse. In many cases, years of abuse.


But for me, that is not the only important aspect of The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. To me, the importance of the day, and what has become a month-long conversation, is to focus on prevention.


But for me, that is not the only important aspect of The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. To me, the importance of the day, and what has become a month-long conversation, is to focus on prevention.

Therefore, ESD Global Self-Defense has so much planned for November 2020:

1) We kicked off our CALL TO ACTION just a few days ago on the 12th! If you haven’t seen it yet, go to the ESD Global website.


And please share!)



2) The finale of our pitch competition, which took place this past Saturday, was amazing, and it helped 19 projects move forward with their plans and business proposals.


The three winners will be invited to speak at the Violence Prevention Education Conference in Prague.


3) This week, we launch the “What is ESD?” course.


So if you aren’t 100% sure of what it is that I have been doing, or even more so, if you have people who have asked you what you have been doing all these years, or why you support this work, this is the place to send them!


So if you aren’t 100% sure of what it is that I have been doing, or even more so, if you have people who have asked you what you have been doing all these years, or why you support this work, this is the place to send them!

Yes, it is longer than 3 minutes and I believe it is worth hunkering down and watching it over the weekend!

4) Today, we will be starting our first in-person Level 1 training in Albania in partnership with UN Women Albania!


And while I will not be able to join physically, Nina Wennink (Belgium) and Amnon Darsa (Israel) will be joining our partner-on-the-ground Gentiana Susaj (ESD Albania) in Tirana!


They’ve been busy planning!

Looking forward to pictures from them and to join them by Zoom.

What are you doing to promote the prevention of violence this month?