Over the last three years, our partner organisations are increasingly reporting attacks of a sexual nature on aid workers through their security incident reporting mechanisms. This is welcomed, but we know that the data collected through our partners is only the surface of what aid workers are actually facing, due to under-reporting of sexualised violence in our industry.
We strive to provide evidence-based conclusions on trends about attacks on aid workers. Having been collecting information for more than 10 years, we have used the anonymized data collected through our partner organisations to show where and when aid workers are under threat.
We are pushing for change in the aid industry, particularly with our partner organisations. Any information on how we are failing – and acting positively – helps to create safer workplaces for aid workers, and to help other survivors to come forward.
Our work builds on the work previously done by Report the Abuse, which was the first platform for aid workers to anonymously report their experiences. We seek to fill the gap left after Report the Abuse closed.
Listening to Survivors
Our reporting platform gives survivors the opportunity to record their story. It may provide some survivors with closure and comfort. Reporting should be an empowering process kept in the hands of those directly affected. This reporting platform and associated materials have been developed in cooperation with survivors. The platform has purposely been set up so that survivors should only provide the details that they are comfortable with. If one does not wish to share specific details, then those questions can be left unanswered or blank. The ability to share and report is in your hands.
Reporting should be an empowering process kept in the hands of those directly affected
Reporting through this platform will not result in an investigation – administrative or criminal. There is an option for details to be provided to our partner organisations, but this decision is left in the hands of the survivor. All identifying details, unless requested to be disclosed by a survivor, are kept confidential.
We are using KOBO toolbox by HHI for the reporting mechanism. The data is securely stored on servers run by Amazon Web Services (AWS) in the United States. We download reported information regularly.
In advance, we thank any survivor wishing to raise their voice, share their experiences, and speak out. It is a courageous act, and we thank you for your time.