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Ever thought protection in a humanitarian crisis was too risky, too complex or just plain unrealistic? In fact there is a lot that humanitarians outside the protection sector can do to help people caught up in an emergency to stay safe from violence, coercion and abuse. The bigger risk is often in turning a blind eye to the threats they may face. This leaflet, along with a colourful poster, addresses some of the common concerns that discourage many non-protection humanitarian specialists from taking an active part in protection efforts.
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  PROTECTION: IT STARTS ON DAY ONE PROTECTION:   NOT JUST LAWS AND TREATIES PROTECTION:   YOU’RE ALREADY PART OF IT PROTECTION: IT’S A WORK IN PROGRESS PROTECTION:   THE RISK IS IN IGNORING IT INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, COMMUNITIES PROTECTION:   IT’S A COLLECTIVE EFFORT PROTECTION:   HELPING IMPROVE OUR IMPACT PROTECTION:  YOU’RE ALREADY PART OF IT For other materials in this series, see: www.globalprotectioncluster.org  or www.oxfam.org.uk/protection This document was developed by Oxfam for the Global Protection Cluster and financed by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO). The views expressed herein should not be taken, in any way, to reflect the official opinion of the European Union, and the European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.Designed by Soapbox, www.soapbox.co.uk © Global Protection Cluster March 2016  PROTECTION:  YOU’RE ALREADY PART OF IT When conflict or disaster strikes, people can become more vulnerable to violence, coercion and abuse from others. They will generally do what they can to stay safe, and the state is responsible for protecting them from harm. As humanitarians we can never replace the state, but we do have a part to play in helping keep people safe at times of crisis.Specialist protection programmes can be left to the experts, but all humanitarian organisations have an impact on the safety of the people they assist. Understanding that impact is the key to making a positive difference across all humanitarian action.  When people face violence or abuse, humanitarians risk becoming part of the problem if we don’t understand how our own actions can affect people’s safety. If we don’t take protection into account from the start, not only will we miss opportunities to reduce risk for the people affected, but we could prolong a situation that puts them in danger.PROTECTION: IT STARTS ON DAY ONE  Protection in humanitarian action is fundamentally about helping people stay safe from – and recover from – the harm others might do them. We don’t have to be legal experts to help protect people from harm.PROTECTION: NOT JUST LAWS AND TREATIES
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