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Safe & Sound?

Traditionally we see security as safety from threats. Fear can make us favour short-term solutions that take away the immediate threat, but don’t solve the underlying problems.

If we see security as ‘freedom to live’, rather than ‘avoiding threats’, could it help us to take a long-term approach that creates a just and peaceful world for all of us?

Could we reimagine security as a form of freedom?  Freedom to live together in a collaborative society.

The Rethink Security network identifies these problems with our current model of security:

  • It’s disconnected from people’s daily needs and concerns;
  • It justifies arms sales to corrupt and repressive regimes;
  • It overlooks problems such as inequality and climate change;
  • It relies on heavy weaponry and military interventions;
  • It allows excessive surveillance, and stigmatises minority groups

Is there another way? Rethink Security suggests a new model of security based on these principles:

  • Meeting people’s basic, daily needs;
  • Protecting human rights & the rule of law ;
  • Tackling problems such as inequality and climate breakdown;
  • Improving gender and racial equality and promoting inclusion);
  • Supporting peacebuilding, diplomacy and international cooperation.

Pop into Peace Hub, throughout November & December 2019 to:

  • Find out more
  • Read stories of individuals and groups putting these ideas into practice
  • Sign a letter to support Amazonian Women working for security for women & girls; indigenous people; and the climate
  • See the beautiful Peace Poppy Mosaics

Latest Posts on ‘Safe & Sound’

Tackle Climate Breakdown - In this article, we’re looking at how we could Tackle Problems like Climate Breakdown. Our most basic security need is to have a liveable planet. Yet climate change is often left down the list of security priorities. Climate breakdown could also make increase conflict, as resources become more scarce. Could tackling problems like climate breakdown […]
Promote Human Rights - In this article, we’re thinking about how we could Promote Human Rights. Sometimes, we see security as holding onto the power we already have. We can be convinced to give up our basic rights in the name of protecting the status quo; and we can certainly become convinced that it’s necessary to take away other […]
People Before Profit Meet people’s basic needs - In this article we’re thinking about how we could Meet People’s Basic Needs. Poverty and lack of access to resources are at the root of many conflicts around the world. Economic inequality is also linked to a whole range of social problems from poor public health to violent crime. Could ensuring that everyone has the […]
Invest in Peacebuilding - In this article, we’re exploring how we could Invest in Peacebuilding. If we see others as competitors or enemies, we naturally seek security in out-competing or defeating them.  But this can lead to a cycle of destruction – even if we briefly ‘win’ we’re never secure. What if instead, we invested in peacebuilding, diplomacy and […]
Take action: Patricia’s Story - Photo by Caroline Bennett, Amazon Watch. Our current theme Safe & Sound is all about rethinking security. Patricia Gualinga and the Mujeres Amazonicas are standing up for a peaceful and just idea of security – read their story and find out how you can take action: Patricia Gualinga is an indigenous leader of the Kichwa […]
Join in: Rethinking Security - We’re pleased to announce that our theme from now until Christmas is: Safe & Sound – how can we create security for everyone? Traditionally we see security as safety from threats. Fear can make us favour short-term solutions that take away the immediate threat, but don’t solve the underlying problems. If we see security as […]
White Poppies Available at the Hub - We’re pleased to announce that white poppies are on sale at the Hub (suggested donation £1) in the run-up to Armistice Day & Rememberance Sunday.  Pop in to get yours! But what are white poppies, and why do people wear them? This video, made by one of our volunteers Jacob, explains: White poppies are produced […]
Arms Trade: lots of ways to take action - There’s a week to go before protests against the DSEI arms fair in London. One of the largest arms fairs in the world, ‘Defence & Security Equipment International’ will feature exhibitors selling weapons from machine guns to tanks. A whole range of buyers will also be there – including Saudi Arabia, who have been invited […]
Loujain’s Story: an update - As part of our theme Stop Arming Repression, we’re looking at the impact of UK weapons sold to Saudi Arabia. As well as fuelling the war in Yemen, the UK has sold equipment to the Saudi security services, who are repressing their own population. Over recent years we’ve highlighted the personal story of Saudi human […]
Where are British Weapons Used? - Our theme Brummies for Peace is all about putting human rights before the profits of the arms trade.  The UK government claims that it carefully screens applications to sell weapons around the world, to make sure that they won’t be used for repression, human rights abuses or targeting civilians. Yet the UK’s biggest customer for […]

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