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Uks participated in the discussion Women Preventing Violent Extremism

Uks participated in the discussion Women Preventing Violent Extremism: Charting a New Course held on Friday, March 6, 2015 to celebrate the International Women's Day. The U.S. Institute of Peace invited women civil society leaders from India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan and Tanzania in this discussion that focused on lessons learnt in their work of preventing violent extremism in their communities and the role of gender in countering violent extremism. Ms. Tasneem Ahmar, Director Uks and Ms. Shaista Yasmeen, Projects Coordinator at Uks, shared their findings from the recently concluded initiative on establishing and successfully running of five Mothers schools in Rawalpindi and Islamabad areas, undertaken in collaboration with SAVE (Sisters against Violent Extremism).

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It may be mentioned that this was the first time that an effort was made in Pakistan to involve mothers in creating awareness on issues of extremism and growing radicalization of youth and the role mothers can play in early detection and prevention. The overall feedback of these schools has been good and encouraging. The mothers were very appreciative of the effort. They were also very keen to learn and enhance their capacity on issues around them that include poverty, illiteracy, gender bias and unemployment.

 

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