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Who should facilitate an integrated security workshop?

Ideally, an integrated security workshop should be facilitated by two to four facilitators, with two facilitators at a minimum. The facilitators should be diverse in age, perspectives and country of origin.


  • the region of the workshop (if participants are selected on a geographic basis); and/or
  • the group or movement that is being addressed (if participants are selected on the basis of thematic focus, such as sexual rights or violence against women).

This contextual familiarity is a critical part of adaptation of the workshop and in establishing connections to the participants – the facilitators are the cultural and contextual mediators. They should know how best to translate the integrated security method and material into a workshop that is relevant and appropriate to the learning styles and situation of the participants.

What qualities make for a good facilitator?

An integrated security facilitator should be familiar with the workshop concepts of security and well-being of women human rights defenders, but she/he does not have to be an ‘expert’ in them.


  • Understanding/experience of the security and well-being concerns of women human rights defenders;
  • Experience of and skill in participatory, peer-to-peer facilitation methods;
  • Openness;
  • Understanding of group dynamics;
  • Flexibility;
  • Love of the work;
  • Connection to the activist world;
  • Positive, sense of humour, not afraid to play;
  • Open to learning during the workshop;
  • Good listener;
  • Grounded; and
  • Deeply respectful.