Authors

Jenny Aulin

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Jenny Aulin works as Programme Manager Human Security at the GPPAC Global Secretariat in The Hague, the Netherlands. Having been with GPPAC since 2008, her current responsibilities include the facilitation of learning exchange and knowledge production within the GPPAC network on the topics of Human Security and Preventive Action.

As part of this, she co-edited the forthcoming publication "Empowerment and Protection – Stories of Human Security", has supported the development of ‘Alert' reports from GPPAC network members as well as conflict prevention resources based on GPPAC members' practical experience. In addition, she coordinates two thematic working groups and supports the West Africa regional network. Prior to 2012, her role was as Coordinator Donor Relations.

Jenny holds a Master's degree in Culture, Organisations & Management (2008) from the Vrije Universiteit, the Netherlands, and a BSc Econ in Development Studies and Spanish/Portuguese (2002) from the University of Wales Swansea, UK. Jenny is a native Swede, and has lived and worked across Europe and Latin America.

Summary of her chapter for the Human Security Publication

Human security offers an opportunity to reorient and broaden traditional security approaches to prioritise the survival, livelihood, and dignity of all individuals. Unlike national security, which emphasises the territorial integrity of the state, human security addresses sustainable peace by recognising the social, economic and political grievances that are often at the root of violent conflict and societal violence. In the following chapters, women and men in six widely different contexts share their everyday experiences of security. Their stories tell us that feeling secure has many dimensions; these are both deeply personal and intimately connected with the broader community, state and society. While the views expressed are illustrative rather than based on scientific samples, they are a striking reminder of the premise of a human security approach, where the understanding and definition of security is in the hands of those individuals and communities that directly experience it.

Quotes from the Chapter

  • Disagreements often centre on which threats human security analysis should encompass, and the means by which individuals and communities should be protected[i]. Yet, the very principles of human security point to the importance of listening to people and communities as the referents of security themselves.
  • It is high time to move beyond conceptual debate. What is needed is investment in exploring the practical applications of human security, to understand its limitations and dilemmas, and ultimately, to breathe life into the concept
  • Referring to the stories presented here, we argue that the principles of human security call for a domestic policy framework; one which directs the state to address the needs, vulnerabilities and coping mechanisms of society, and where response strategies emerge from and build on existing capacities amongst a variety of local actors.

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Read more about the people behind 'Empowerment and Protection - Stories of Human Security': who they are and where they work. From different regions in the world, they analyse human security threats and needs, based on the research they conducted in their respective countries. All of the authors represent member organisations of the GPPAC network - the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict. Read more about us here.