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Module 1: Welcome & Objectives

Module 1: Welcome & Objectives


To welcome participants & explain the objectives


15 minutes


Flip charts & marker pens


Sample Programme


Objectives written on flip charts/slide

Programme visible on flip chart or handouts

Room preparation to create welcoming atmosphere, including seating, perhaps music playing, inspirational quotes and visuals on the walls

Note: Arrive early to set up the room and welcome each person as they arrive. Ask participants to write on name badges what they want to be called in this workshop, including their preferred pronouns if they would like to specify them.

The facilitators welcome the participants warmly.

The facilitators introduce themselves briefly, name, relevant background, their organisation, and thanking any donor for the funding of the workshop.

As a facilitator, you also need to consider how you will be viewed and what your identity is in relation to the participants. Do you have privileges, eg race and class, which It may be appropriate to make explicit? Some groups may appreciate it if you begin by saying that you recognise that your race and class has brought you certain privileges, however (examples of aspects of your social and political identity and your background) assist you in your work with HRDs to better mitigate risks and threats.

If the facilitation team lacks some representation, eg there are only male trainers, it is better to say this openly, including why this happened and how you intend to engage, to avoid the ‘elephant in the room’. Ensure that sessions focus on engaging with each other as people with shared goals and interests.

Description of objectives
  1. to share skills, knowledge and experience on security and protection
    - here is a lot of knowledge and experience in this room and we want to create the opportunity to learn from each other
  2. to introduce and use simple tools for analysing risks and assessing threats
    - we will be discussing some tools to use to help us see protection issues more clearly , and you will use these to analysis your own unique situation
  3. to develop a personal security plan
    - you need a personal security plan customised for your identity and situation which are different from anybody else here
    - this might be due to your intersectional identity (eg you might be Black, a woman, Indigenous, LGBTIQ+ or have another identify which has traditionally been discriminated against)
    - your location, your work, your family status, socio-economic status and your age, are all different from each others, so you need to reflect this uniqueness in your plans
    - your plan will be based on your own ideas of how best to protect yourself, and ideas developed from the experiences of others, which you can take away from this workshop and implement immediately

  4. to understand how to develop an organisational security policy and plan
    - this is the learning you will take back to your organisation so that everyone in your organisation can create together, or improve, a plan to enhance your protection. Each organisation’s plan will be different, depending on the level of risk, the threats faced and the unique vulnerabilities and capacities of the organisation

Finally, at this workshop we aim to create a safe space where everyone feels secure and comfortable, with a supportive atmosphere, where people can share openly, where the sessions are enriched by the participation of everyone – participants and facilitators - and where people feel respected and relaxed and able to contribute fully.

If you don’t feel that this is a fully safe space for you, please talk to one of the facilitators so we can understand your concern and make changes.


* Some facilitators prefer to begin with a round of introductions – see Module 2. (The version above allows a little time for participants to settle in, and for late arrivals)