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HNPW & GISF | How does race and racism impact aid workers’ security?

HNPW & GISF | How does race and racism impact aid workers’ security? table
Date17 May 2022
Time3:00 pm 4:30 pm CEST |9:00 am10:30 am EDT
Provider OCHA, GISF
Type Virtual
CostNo cost
Booking URLhttps://vosocc.unocha.org/Reg/vgpxP9XUTylyWLShTDIwV0zYoJQtNUBA.html


‘Race’, ethnicity, and nationality are key factors influencing the safety of aid workers, operations and organisations. However, their interconnection is rarely discussed and included in NGOs’ current work to implement a person-centred approach to SRM. Many security managers – and aid workers alike – feel uncomfortable even talking about these issues, afraid of saying the ‘wrong thing’.

This session introduces GISF’s new article entitled: Toward inclusive security risk management: the impact of race, ethnicity, and nationality on aid workers’ security ; which seeks to encourage informed conversations by unpacking the ways in which race, ethnicity and nationality can affect the security risks aid workers face and the way they are managed.

The session is designed to be interactive and including an opportunity to hear discussions from featured stakeholders who have contributed to the articles development.


  • Tara Arthur, joined the GISF Secretariat in 2019 and serves as Senior Projects and Membership Officer. Based in the US, Tara has over 10 years’ experience in the development and humanitarian space. She has served in various capacities including programmes, safety and security and advocacy, both at the country and headquarters level. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Virginia Wesleyan University and an M.A. in International Development & Social Change from Clark University. In her role, she is responsible for fostering GISF member engagement and developing member services, including members’ forums, workshops, webinars, podcasts, and more.
  • Léa Moutard, used to work as GISF Research Advisor. In this role, she oversaw the creation of practical research and guides to help humanitarian organisations manage security risks and reach affected communities. Her work has focused on promoting risk-sharing between local and international aid organisations, supporting NGOs’ acceptance with communities, and advancing inclusive security risk management. Before joining GISF, Léa worked on projects including refugee resettlement in Lebanon, conflict resolution in the US, and social cohesion in India.
  • Javeria Ayaz Malik is an accomplished Communications and Security Risk Management Professional from Pakistan, with 15 years of experience in the non-profit and corporate sectors combined. She is an agile crisis manager and impactful trainer with a focus on humanitarian emergencies, political risk management and creative protection strategies for social justice activists, especially in volatile contexts. Javeria set up the Global Security Unit at ActionAid International which she also leads based out of their International headquarter in South Africa. She is a member of ASISand The Security Institute, and a Fellow of the Institute of Strategic Risk Management. In December 2021, Javeria became the first woman and person of colour to be elected Chairperson of the International NGO Safety and Security Association (INSSA), the largest non-profit association of security risk management professionals. A journalist by training, Javeria is an author and keynote speaker on intersectional security risk management, feminist leadership and other contemporary issues. She has an MA in International Journalism (UK), MSc is Mass Communication (Pakistan) and an MBA (Pakistan).
  • Saara Bouhouche is a French humanitarian, peace and security specialist with +18 years of experience working in various fields, including international cooperation, humanitarian aid, and social affairs. She works at the intersection of emergency relief, international development, peace and security, minority rights, and social justice. She has an extensive background leading emergency response operations, programmes and teams in highly insecure conflict-settings, such as Yemen, South Sudan, Haiti, Nigeria, Bangladesh, and DRC, amongst others. In her work at Concern Worldwide as the Humanitarian Policy Advisor on Armed Conflicts at Concern Worldwide, she is responsible inter alia for leading on Concern’s Strategy on Violent Conflicts and approach for working on conflict transformation. In addition to her humanitarian and peacebuilding expertise, she is an anti-racism and gender equality advocate and a social activist engaged for women’s rights, and social inclusion
  • Elodie Leroy-Le Moigne is Plan International Global Security Advisor. In addition to her operational role, Elodie is currently developing Plan International “Security for All” Strategy ,Promoting an intersectional approach to security risks management. Prior to working with Plan International, Elodie worked in several high risks countries with various INGOS and UN AFPs as Humanitarian access coordinator, security manager, Security Analyst and chief of security unit. She is a former Navy officer and has a fire fighter background. She hold a Naval Academy diploma and a Master in Law.

Steps to register for a session:

  1. Log in (or create an account)on the HNPW homepage;
  2. Select ‘Event Programme‘ on the navigation toolbar, where you can view the full HNPW event programme;
  3. To find any GISF event, you need to find ‘Priority Topics‘ in the filter selection on the left-hand side of the screen;
  4. Under ‘Priority Topics’ please select ‘Humanitarian Security’– this will filter to show you any registered GISF event;
  5. To register your attendance for any event, please select ‘register‘ just to the left-hand of the session title;
  6. You will have the option to register, either face to face or virtually depending on the session; bookmark the event; or cancel your registration;
  7. When you select register, the ‘register’ button will change to ‘registered‘, and you will receive a confirmation email from ‘no-reply@un.org’. 

If you have any questions on registration, please reach out to Megan (gisf-info@gisf.ngo)

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