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Join us for VPEC 


A hybrid Experience

August 24th & 25th 2023

@ the ESD Global Summer Experiences in New York!

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Welcome to the 2023 Violence Prevention Education Conference! We're thrilled to invite you to this annual event that brings together individuals and organizations dedicated to creating a safer future. At VPEC, we believe in the power of storytelling and community to make violence prevention education accessible to all.

Our conference is a collaborative space where experts from around the world in the fields of education, psychology, social work, and Empowerment Self Defense come together. Representing Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and The Middle East, these experts bring diverse perspectives and insights to the table.

After the success of our virtual events in 2021 and 2022, we are excited to announce that this year's conference is a hybrid experience! Join us in person at the ESD Global Summer Experiences at Camp Echo or connect with us online through Whova. Whether you're a returning participant or a virtual friend, we can't wait to connect with you and build collaborative connections.

At VPEC, we're passionate about fostering a cultural shift towards a safer future. Through captivating speakers, interactive workshops, and innovative platforms, we'll equip you with the tools and knowledge to make a real impact in your communities. We are better together!

Don't miss this opportunity to be part of the movement. Join us at the 2023 VPEC and let's shape a brighter and safer tomorrow.

VPEC 2022 is a virtual experience!

The event will take place on the Whova platform and all sessions will be Live Streamed. This platform features a web app and mobile app. With this platform, attendees will have the ability to...

  • Create an account and profile with professional information

  • Plan your schedule and ensure you don't miss a session

  • Connect with other attendees through community boards, speed networking, and more

  • Receive on time updates from the event organizers

Ticket Discounts and Accessibility

We want to ensure this event is accessible to everyone. If you are in a special circumstance and cannot pay the full ticket amount, please feel free to use one of the provided discount codes below that best fit your budget.

Ticket Donations

VPEC is an inclusive, supportive, and community-driven entity. We believe that no one should be denied access to violence prevention education due to their financial status. For this reason, we've included the option to include an additional donation with your ticket purchase, which will be directly used to cover ticket costs for other attendees. 
You can make this selection in the "Ticket Add-On" section at checkout.

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primary prevention 

pri·​ma·​ry | \ ˈprī-ˌmer-ē pre·​ven·​tion | \ pri-ˈven(t)-shən

An educational system that focuses on recognizing and responding to violence the moment it starts

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~ Yehudit Zicklin-Sidikman


      What if our systems of education were about learning human rights and how to live together in safety and mutual growth? 

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What if we taught all people that they have the right to defend themselves from harm? 


What if we taught people that it is their right to be treated with dignity and that everyone should treat them with respect? 

Even deeper, what if we taught people to respect themselves enough to know that they are worth fighting for and know that they have the ability to respond and to stand up to various types of violence? 

The conference will be dedicated to discovering methods that give people, primarily children, the skills and tools they need to navigate the world from a safe and empowered place.  

Come be part of the change we need for a better, brighter, and safer future. 

Together, we can and we will #FlipTheScript

on violence! 

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So far, much of the discourse on violence has been largely about secondary prevention that involves removing victims from abusive environments and providing treatment and assistance after the fact.


While secondary prevention is extremely important, we wholeheartedly believe that the time has come to emphasize primary prevention initiatives that will tackle our current culture of violence and create a safer world for all.   

VPEC is the opportunity to create the cultural shift we so greatly need. Please join dozens of renowned experts in the fields of education, psychology, social work, and Empowerment Self Defense in working together to create and explore initiatives designed to interrupt and stop violence before it starts.


        Safety is a human right, and until we address it for everyone, things will not change enough for all of us."

~ Stephanie Cyr, Self-Defense Instructor


Meet Yehudit

Yehudit (Yudit) Zicklin-Sidikman 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.  

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Yudit 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.

Yudit is the Founder and President of  ESD Global Inc., a US-based non-profit that makes in-person ESD training accessible worldwide. 

Yehudit is a senior advisor 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.  

Read more here.

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Meet the VPEC Team


Yehudit Zicklin-Sidikman

CEO of MyPwr

Yehudit is the CEO of MyPwr Ltd. She is the president and founder of ESD Global Inc. and the co-founder and presiden of the El HaLev Violence Prevention Center in Jerusalem.


Sarah McArthur

VPEC Manager

Sarah is the CEO of Power of XYZ and the former Executive Director of IMPACT Personal Safety of Colorado


Nikki Smith

VPEC Curator

Nikki is the Director of Communications and Media for Power of XYZ, Inc

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