Most NGOs have a diverse workforce, and as a result their staff are exposed to a diverse set of risks. Who someone works for, their role within that organisations, where they are working and, importantly, their personal profile, all affect the internal and external threats an individual may face.
Although gender and nationality are significant risk factors, there are many aspects of a staff member’s identity that affect their security. Minority profiles – eg staff with disabilities, minority ethnicities or races and those who identify as LGBTQI – are often more at risk.
An inclusive approach to security acknowledges the risks that individuals with diverse profiles may face, and actively provides them with the guidance and support they need to enable them to fully participate and feel protected.
While staff face significant external threats within their operating environments, incidents of harassment, bullying, and sexual violence are often internal and occur within the workplace.
Organisations must proactively acknowledge and understand the different threats and vulnerabilities affecting staff, depending on their personal characteristics or profile. The security measures, information, advice and training you provide must be adapted to ensure that they are inclusive, diverse and accessible. Failure to do so can have serious implications for the security of an individual staff member, and the wider team.
Resources & Tools
- GISF Managing the Security of Aid Workers with Diverse Profiles - pdf0.68 MB
- GISF Security to go - Module 13: People management - pdf0.16 MB
- ACT Alliance - Gender Security Guidelines - pdf1.06 MB
- UNDSS - Disability Considerations in Security Risk Management - pdf0.42 MB
- GISF Digital Security of LGBTQI Aid Workers: Awareness and Response - pdf0.94 MB
- Save the Children - Inclusive Travel Tips Guidance - pdf1.93 MB