Protection International (PI)  works toward building a collective protection approach, characterized by:

  • Promoting the restoration of security for human rights defenders and their organisations, the recovery of their well-being, and the free exercise of their rights, including the right to defend human rights.
  • Strengthening the organizational processes of women human rights defenders while recognizing, analysing, and dealing with the related societal limitations in exercising their leadership considering the implications of unpaid care work.
  • Promoting the strategy of protection networks, understood as collaboration between people or different organisational processes, which contribute positively to the implementation of protection strategies.
  • Promoting the development of strategies and collective protection mechanisms, that are contextualized and localized, promoting full participation of women and groups affected by threats, taking into account their differences and the structural inequalities that condition them.
  • Developing sustained accompaniment processes that are grounded in the social, cultural and ancestral practices of the accompanied groups.
  • Recognizing that the State is primarily responsible for guaranteeing the safety and protection of human rights defenders, as well as for exercising the right to defend human rights. Therefore, PI conducts political advocacy work and research in public policy.
  • Supporting communities in their permanence and control over their territories, which is a fundamental element of the protection of the right to defend the rights to land and territory.