Raising awareness and communicating on safeguarding issues can be complicated. Safeguarding and particularly Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Sexual Harassment can be a sensitive issue, and it is not always easy to talk about, even with people we know well and trust. Add to this the fact that the terms and definitions that we use in the sector are not always easily translatable into the languages where we work, and we have a challenge on our hands. To effectively work on safeguarding, we need to be able to communicate safeguarding key messages safely, sensitively, and appropriately with communities we seek to work with.
This webinar has addressed how to communicate safeguarding issues:
Safeguarding translation: What do we need to consider when translating safeguarding terms and messages into different languages?
Visual communications on safeguarding: How can we communicate key safeguarding messages visually in ways that will be recognised and understood in different cultural contexts?
Chair: Semhal Getachew, National Associate for RSH in Ethiopia
Semhal Getachew, who is the National Associate for RSH in Ethiopia, has an academic background in law and social work. She has over 18 years experience working on gender equality and women's rights in Ethiopia. Most of her work experience combines carrying out practice-based research to support programmes in developing activities that are context specific, take the challenges and opportunities women and girls to heart but have a likelihood of influencing and deconstructing the cultural and social norm. This also includes the use of languages in social norms understanding and deconstruction.
- Alice Castillejo, Programmes Advisor, Translators without Borders (TwB)
Alice has worked on translating safeguarding and Protection from Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH) concepts for TwB, including the project to translate key PSEAH concepts into 100 different languages. Alice has worked in the development and humanitarian sectors for the last 28 years in the fields of governance, education, health and advocacy. Her experience includes some 11 years spent in Pakistan, Cambodia, South Sudan and Myanmar. She joined Translators without Borders in 2017 and has been responsible for their European Migration response programme and the establishment of their programme in northeast Nigeria. Alice now leads TWB’s work on PSEA and in the Education sector.
- Desiree Bartosiak, Global Head of Safeguarding, Habitat for Humanity
Desirée M. Bartosiak, Global Head of Safeguarding, with Habitat for Humanity, has over 15 years of practical leadership experience which spans development and humanitarian aid programmes in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, North America and the Middle East. Desirée holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bradley University, a Master’s degree in International Social Development from University of Sussex and a certification in non-profit management from the University of Chicago. Today at Habitat for Humanity International, Desirée is leading the strategy design and roll-out of Habitat’s International Safeguarding efforts across Habitat’s network of 70+ countries and 1,200 US Affiliates.
Desiree was part of the team that produced the InterAction-funded Visualisation Toolkit for key concepts on PSEAH.