Wednesday 29 March 2017, 4.30 - 6pm, UEL Docklands Campus, Room EB.1.40
Community Security Practices: Whose responsibility is it? How is community security experienced in deprived communities with mixed ethnicities?
Speaker: Omattie Madray, Managing Director, ChildLinK Inc, Georgetown, Guyana
Community Security is a human rights concern thus, placing the responsibility on the state in both the developed and developing worlds. The significance of community security practices which do exist in many communities is that the concept has a distinct emphasis on context and places great importance on the main threats and the community capacity needed for prevention of harm and solidifying positive outcomes. Therefore community security strategies should enforce protection of ethnic groups, community identity and protection from oppressive traditional practices. However, some states’ tactic is seemingly ‘a little something for a little something’. This approach fundamentally places greater responsibility on perhaps the population with the least resources. This talk reflects on the question ‘whose responsibility is it?’ in the wider context of ‘is community security possible’ and considers the example of Winsor Park, Beckton, London with a focus on highlighting emerging issues and the prerequisites of community security practices.
Omattie Madray is an activist for children’s rights, development and protection and is the Managing Director of ChildLinK Inc – a local not for profit entity in Georgetown, Guyana. She won the prestigious Chevening Award in 2015 and completed her MA in Conflict, Displacement and Human Security at the University of East London in September 2016, pass with distinction. Her dissertation addressed community security practices in a mixed migrant community. Omattie Madray’s current work is pivotal in building stronger community networks that advance the protection of children at the grassroots. In her role as Trustee of Family for Every Child, a UK based global alliance, her contributions will advance safer families, communities, care options, and therapeutic approaches, support national democratic processes and increase global knowledge exchange of national perspectives.
Chair: Maja Korac-Sanderson, Co-Director, Centre for Social Justice and Change
Discussant: Alice Sampson, Co-Director, Centre for Social Justice and Change