On October 8,Shafeek Seddiq/AJO President participated in the Launch of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) publication, "Empowerment and Protection: Stories of Human Security" at the Dutch Permanent Mission to the UN, co-hosted with the UN Human Security Unit in New York, featuring presentations by different contributors to the publication. This publication shares and analyzes people's sense of threats and safety through the lens of human security. Spanning six regions of the world, the book presents the accounts of people living in Afghanistan, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Ukraine, Mexico, and the Philippines. As a people-centered approach to understanding threats to people's livelihoods, safety and dignity, human security is useful as both an analytical tool and an operational approach for addressing socio-political problems.
In simple terms Human Security means that the ordinary citizen must be protected from all forms of violence and that when he/she is threatened that the State is in a position to protect the ordinary citizen. In Afghanistan, the common denominators of insecurity are: 1) personal, 2) redress of grievances; and 3) government accountability to the citizen.
In 2013, AJO conducted a survey of Afghans to learn what Human Security mean to them and based on the findings wrote the Afghanistan chapter for the book. AJO hopes that with the start of the transformation decade the new administration pays close attention to the findings of the survey and finds ways to work together with civil societies and the international community to address the security issues that concern Afghans.
To download a copy of the book click here: "Empowerment and Protection: Stories of Human Security".