We are embarking on an ambitious new strategy to transform into a global platform and meet the threat to human rights defenders head on. This strategy is based on a clear understanding of the challenge, how we can bring about transformative change, and how we can resource our plans for maximum impact. Please join us!
Our environmental policy - with its green and eco-friendly promises - was inadequate to the scope and scale of the climate emergency. So, we scrapped it. Instead we make three climate action commitments. We commit to being a carbon positive organisation. We commit to supporting the people and communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis. And we commit to inspiring climate action inside and outside our organisation.
Collective protection recognises that the security of human rights defenders is interconnected with the security of those in their network, be it family, friends, colleagues, or neighbours. This main tenet is central to any collective protection strategy; however, the way that any individual strategy is developed will vary, and depend on the mission, profile, context, and needs of the particular defender and their network.
Open Briefing is recruiting information security consultants to help to secure the most-valuable and -sensitive information of organisations and activists fighting for a just and equitable world. To apply, you must have expertise and experience that goes beyond digital security. You will need a proven track record of working in information security roles and with nonprofits, foundations, or activists. We welcome applications from all who meet the person specification and particularly from candidates who are from historically-marginalised communities and are underrepresented in our team.
Anxiety is one of the most-common mental health problems that we can face. It may be especially prevalent among human rights defenders and activists, as our work is often challenging, risky, and focused on critical issues of importance. Those of us in human rights and social justice movements may also be especially reluctant to seek support around our mental health. In this article, our wellbeing team sets out some advice on how you can support yourself and your co-workers experiencing anxiety.
Passwords are an essential part of our digital lives. But despite their pervasiveness, there is much confusion around passwords and how they should be properly used. In this post, we will go back to basics and look at passwords generally along with some specific problems and solutions.
In 2022, we answered more calls for assistance across more countries than ever before. Our international teams of protection specialists, digital security consultants, and counsellors and psychologists provided nearly 6,000 hours of direct support to civil society organisations and activists under threat in 68 countries.
Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-based approach for assisting people of any age or background in the immediate aftermath of a critical incident or crisis. In this resource, Open Briefing's wellbeing and resilience team offers vital guidance on how to provide PFA to activists and advocates you may be supporting. It also describes common responses to traumatic events and explains self-care measures affected people can follow. It is available online and to download in 10 languages.