Our parliamentary and policy engagement involves producing and disseminating research-based materials, building constituencies of influence, and carrying out public and discrete advocacy with a wide network of policy stakeholders.
While we work to highlight current and emerging crises we advocate a policy ‘toolkit’ that would place the UK in a stronger, more informed and better prepared position to respond to IBV crises, and therefore better uphold its responsibilities to protect.
We work to secure;
1) Greater dialogue across political, sector, and geographic divisions
2) Increased understanding among those who shape and make decisions
3) Increased transparency in domestic decision making on issues of humanitarian intervention and peacekeeping
4) A narrowing of the gap between the UK’s rhetorical commitments and practical implementation of atrocity prevention and civilian protection
A Summer 2018 poll poll found that 82 percent of people in the UK feel that the country is fairly or seriously divided. That means that the UK currently feels itself to be a more divided society than France, the United States, or South Africa. 75 percent feel we are more divided than ten years ago.
Our grassroots community programmes work towards bridging these divides. Our ‘Prejudice and Us’ project, for example, sees our community engagement team work together with artists and photo journalists to support and empower marginalised socioeconomic, ethnic, religious and cultural communities in London to highlight personal experiences of prejudice, discrimination and marginalisation. We create opportunities to bring together all corners of local communities with local decision makers to identify community led approaches to bridging local divides.
1) Create opportunities for cross-community multi-stakeholder dialogue
2) Improve local networks of stakeholders working to address marginalisation
3) Produce evidence of what works in tackling marginalisation
At this time of significant social division we offer expertly designed and facilitated school workshops to equip young people with the understanding and strategies they need to be more active and responsible citizens in recognising and challenging the processes that can lead to identity based violence. These interactive and participatory workshops help students to reject prejudice, build sensitivity to differences, and to consume information critically.
In addition to our workshops, we also offer a range of ways to support schools and students on an ongoing basis; from training for teachers to help achieve a positive and inclusive school culture to free resources and toolkits to support teachers once we have left the classroom.
Our early career journalist programme trains journalists at the beginning of their careers to build understanding of their responsibility when reporting issues around marginalised or minority groups and to improve the way they support those minority groups through their work.
1) Equip the next generation with the understanding and strategies needed to reject divisive narratives
2) Become better allies to those who face marginalisation
3) Promote active global citizenship
Predicting identity-based violence
Incidents of identity-based violence (IBV) occur every day, around the world. From a Roma person being targeted in Europe to a gay person in Uganda, the Yazidis in Iraq or the Rohingya in Burma/Myanmar, IBV is always a crime. Accurately predicting when incidents of IBV are likely to develop into identity-based mass violence (IBMV) is an important tool in preventing escalation encouraging robust protection responses.
Protection Approaches is developing a prediction model that assesses the responses by 5 Actors of Change to identity-based divisions. Using this model, we will issue warnings based on our assessment of whether IBMV is likely to occur, highlight situations where peoples are at grave risk and provide recommendations on how the 5 Actors of Change can avert further violence.
The prediction model will:
1) Use a simple survey to monitor how the 5 actors of change: State, Civil Society, Media, Judiciary and International Community respond to escalations of identity based division
2) Adopt criteria to assess those responses and recommend where improvements can be made
3) Allow us to issue colour coded warnings when peoples are at risk of IBMV
Photograph: Lamsdorf prisoner of war camp, Poland, Hanna-Katrina Jędrosz
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