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The Role of Social Policy in Promoting Human Security in the MENA Region

May 26, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm UTC+2

26 May, 2021
2:00-3:30 pm CEST

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This webinar seeks to explore the concept of human security within the MENA region. The region has long been marred by protracted conflicts that have a strong multi-dimensional nature. This requires a closer examination of the various threats to social cohesion. Human security proves to be a worthwhile construct to further explore within this context due to its ability to recognise multiple threats – whether from poverty, inequality or political marginalisation. Not only can human security be defined as a people-centred, multi-disciplinary comprehension of security, above all it seeks to advance freedom to live in dignity, freedom from fear and freedom from want/need. Freedoms which are essential to build a peaceful society. Linking human security back to its grounding in human development, allows for a further exploration as to what role social policy can play in promoting human security within the MENA region. The webinar is organised by both the HDCA Thematic Group Human Security and the MENA Social Policy Network and is part of the current GCRF-AHRC project on “Strengthening Security and Social Welfare in the MENA region”.

Confirmed speakers are:

- Prof. Dr. Des Gasper, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University

- Dr. Mahmoud Messkoub, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University

- Dr Wali Aslam, Bath University

- Dr. Nathalie Milbach Bouche, Sub-Regional Facility for the Syria Crisis United Nations       Development Programme

The event will starts with a roundtable where each speaker presents his/her thoughts. Following this, there will be a discussion/Q&A session. The first part will be recorded and shared via HDCA and the MENA Social Policy Network.

During the Q&A/discussion the event will adhere to the Chatham House Rule: When a meeting is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed. ​This part will only be recorded for internal purposes and not be shared elsewhere.

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May 26, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm UTC+2
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