Wednesday 29th March 2017, 4.30 - 6pm, UEL Docklands Campus, Room EB.1.40
CommunitySecurity Practices: Whoseresponsibility is it? Howis community security experienced in deprived communities with mixedethnicities?
Speaker: OmattieMadray, ManagingDirector, ChildLinK Inc, Georgetown, Guyana
Community Security is a human rights concernthus, placing the responsibility on the State in both the developed anddeveloping worlds. The significance of community security practices whichdo exist in many communities is that the concept has a distinct emphasis oncontext and places great importance on the main threats and the communitycapacity needed for prevention of harm and solidifying positive outcomes. Therefore community security strategies should enforce protection of ethnicgroups, community identity and protection from oppressive traditionalpractices. However, some states’ tactic is seemingly ‘a little somethingfor a little something’. This approach fundamentally places greaterresponsibility on perhaps the population with the least resources. This talkreflects 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 theprerequisites of community security practices.
Omattie Madray is an activist for children’s rights, development and protection and is theManaging Director of ChildLinK Inc – a local not for profit entity inGeorgetown, Guyana. She won the prestigious Chevening Award in 2015 andcompleted her MA in Conflict, Displacement and Human Security at the Universityof East London in September 2016, pass with distinction. Her dissertationaddressed community security practices in a mixed migrant community. OmattieMadray’s current work is pivotal in building stronger community networks thatadvance the protection of children at the grassroots. In her role asTrustee of Family for Every Child, a UK based global alliance, hercontributions will advance safer families, communities, care options, andtherapeutic approaches, support national democratic processes and increaseglobal knowledge exchange of national perspectives.
Chair: MajaKorac-Sanderson, Co-Director, Centre for Social Justice and Change
Discussant: Alice Sampson, Co-Director, Centrefor Social Justice and Change