Authors

Sylvia Aguilera García

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Sylvia Aguilera García is Executive Director of the Centro de Colaboración Cívica (CCC), where she has worked for seven years, Sylvia has acquired broad experience designing and facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogue processes between indigenous communities to solve inter-community conflicts, civil society organizations, various government ministries, and with the Federal Legislative branches. She also has extensive experience training individuals and organisations on collaborative negotiation, effective communication, mediation, consensus building and facilitation of dialogue processes. Sylvia also designs and facilitates strategic planning meetings for organisations that want to effectively achieve their short, medium and long term goals.

In the past, Sylvia has been Director of the Mexican Commission for the Defence and Promotion of Human Rights, and a board member for Oxfam Mexico. In the international sphere, she has worked as a consultant within academic institutions, public institutions and civil society organisations in Africa and Latin America, where she has developed strategies and evaluated programmes on human rights, particularly for women.

She holds a Master's Degree in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford and a Bachelor's Degree in Social Psychology from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana.

Summary of the Human Security Chapter co-authored with Luis Gómez Chow and Nadjeli Babinet

"The past decade has seen a wave of criminal and state violence in Mexico, broadly linked to the rise of violent organised crime and human rights violations. Since 2006 between 47,000 and 70,000 people have been murdered and more than 25,000 people have been victims of enforced or involuntary disappearances.  Reflecting the government's inability to enforce the law, the situation has galvanised a number of citizen initiatives. High-level, multi-stakeholder dialogue platforms have influenced public policy and legal frameworks. Local groups have reclaimed public spaces, and victims of violence have organised social movements demanding the improvement of security and justice institutions and the recognition of victims' rights. These efforts have pressured the government to abandon its militarised approach towards crime in favour of strengthening the institutions of rule of law through justice system reforms. Yet violence persists and much remains to be done."  

Quotes from the Chapter co-authored with Luis Gómez Chow and Nadjeli Babinet

  • All this was bound to happen because army and navy personnel are not trained to carry out public security duties, let alone human security strategies.
  • It is a paradox that the new government is putting in place a system to attend to the needs of victims, while nothing is being done to avoid additional victims.

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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.