When assessing risks and challenges in relation to abortion advocacy:
- it is important to always carry out a risk assessment when planning your advocacy. The assessment will help analyse risks in relation to your objectives and the strategy you choose to achieve them, and allows you to mitigate against any potential negative consequences
- if any risk is too high, consider alternative options for your advocacy. This may involve changing your focus or activities, or putting specific mitigation measures in place. There may be some situations where the risk is so high that your or your organisation’s ability to advocate may be extremely limited
- it is good practice to ensure that everyone involved is aware of the risk, is still happy to proceed and is aware of what to do to minimise the risk. This may involve ensuring that they know what support is available and how to access it
- it is good practice to review your risk assessment on a regular basis, to add or remove risks and to update necessary mitigations as your advocacy develops and/or if the environment that you are working in has changed.