A security culture is a set of customs and measures shared by a community whose members may engage in sensitive or illegal activities. Security culture practices minimize the risks of members getting arrested or their actions being foiled. In other words, while we are trying to stop bad things from happening, our powerful opponents (usually governments or corporations) are working hard to stop us. This guide is about the security measures activists can take to protect ourselves and make our work more effective.
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Frontline, the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation (KtK) and Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights (UAF) produced this book primarily for women human rights defenders, in the hope that they will take away from it practical perspectives about the threats they face and a range of useful ideas about security strategies from around the world.
This broad study of the protection of Human Rights Defenders is presented in two volumes under the general title “Protection of Human Rights Defenders: Best Practices and Lessons Learnt”. This second volume, “Protection Programmes for Defenders”, analyses the practical aspects of protection programmes: the measures they include, how they are structured, and their results.