LGBT staff safety on humanitarian deployments is everyone's responsibility

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While deployed in certain countries and cultures, LGBT humanitarian staff can encounter hostility, harassment, and targeted violence. In some places, identifying as LGBT is not just against cultural or religious norms, but punishable by imprisonment or death.

This community is highly vulnerable in some areas of the world, explained Michael Blyth, chief operations officer at Risk and Strategic Management, which provides training and operational support services to global organizations and recently developed a free course on LGBTQAI safety and security. Although it can be a sensitive issue for organizations to raise, they have a responsibility to make sure their staff are informed of the risks, know how to mitigate them, and fully understand the situation they are going into, he said.

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