CGCC and Hedayah, International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism, co-hosted a two-day workshop to explore the ways in which initiatives to counter violent extremism (CVE) can engage with families. The workshop brought together a diverse group of experts to explore how lessons learned from the practices of education, conflict prevention, detainee rehabilitation, working with women and in particular mothers, and working with victims, can inform current and future CVE policy and practice. Countries represented around the table included Afghanistan, Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States.
A number of multilateral organizations have recognized the critical importance of community engagement in CVE efforts, such as the Global Counterterrorism Forum’s good practices documents: Good Practices on Community Engagement and Community-Oriented Policing as Tools to Counter Violent Extremism, and the Ankara Memorandum on Good Practices for a Multi-Sectoral Approach to Countering Violent Extremism. Building on these practices, workshop participants put forth a number a recommendations on how CVE programming can engage a broader range of actors, including families and communities, to ensure that CVE programming is contextually tailored and responsive to local needs. Areas of practice offering valuable insights include: empowering mothers to recognize early warning signs of radicalization in their children, including families and communities in the deradicalization and reintegration processes, and supporting and empowering victims of terrorism. Participants also encouraged creative and innovative CVE programming, such as through sports, art, and culture and suggested that civil society organizations should be important partners in implementing these programs.
This workshop builds on an earlier meeting co-hosted by CGCC and the Institute for South Asia Studies (ISAS), which explored the roles of women and civil society in countering violent extremism in South Asia.
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