Conducting a risk assessment using a risk and mitigation chart allows you to identify the risks that you or your organisation might face when advocating on SA/PAC, and helps you to consider ways of reducing them. You can use this as you are putting your advocacy plan together, and when you are planning specific advocacy activities.
Go to page 19 of your workbook to find a risk assessment chart.
You may wish to also consult the Ipas and Center for Reproductive Rights’ legal risk management tool for crisis settings.
Steps you can take to protect your personal safety and mitigate safety risks include:
- obtaining the contact details of support charities, helplines, and police
- always communicating with non-judgemental, factual and objective information; do not confront opposition directly
- working in collaboration with organisations and other advocates to reduce the focus on yourself/your organisation
- knowing your opposition – as part of your stakeholder mapping (Tutorial 2), identify the groups or individuals likely to oppose your efforts, and try to understand how they think and work. Knowing their beliefs, strategies, resources and constituencies can help you expose their tactics and better prepare
- monitoring your opposition and any new opposition groups that emerge throughout the lifespan of your project.