The role of women in the so-called I.S has been perceived in a number of ways in the media, by the public and in policy circles. But how have these perceptions been developed and gendered, and how far do they counter or play into the hands of the extremist narrative?
News agencies and journalists have prioritised the stories of the radicalised, the violent and the extreme, as well as the paths of those that come out the other side. But how far has this focus had an impact on the situation on the ground?
Although Islamist extremism remains a serious threat in the UK, the rise in far-right violence has started to make headlines across the country, Europe and the world. As this occurs, both groups feed off each other’s rhetoric and community support becomes essential to the government’s efforts to tackle their ideologies.
IOHR interviews Henrik Bjelke Hansen, director of the Preventive Security Department from PET, the intelligence agency of Denmark. Mr. Hansen talks about the measures taken to curtail Islamic and right-wing extremists. He explains how PET is involved in the preventive process, a rare mechanism for intelligence agencies.
Counter-terrorism experts, academics and reformed extremists spoke at a conference organized by IOHR at the University of Rostock in Germany–a nation that allocated 100 million euros in 2018 to fight extremism. The focus was on the roles that women play in extremist groups such as ISIS and their reasons for joining. The right wing violent…
Ibrahim Khan saved his friend’s life before he was shot during the 2014 Peshawar school massacre in Pakistan that left 149 people killed at the hands of Taliban terrorists. Ibrahim raises awareness against extremism and promotes peace through education as he undertakes medical treatment in the UK.
Nicola Benyahya, mother of Rashid a British teenager who joined ISIS in Syria, shares the story of his radicalisation and death with teenagers in the UK. Her mission is to educate the youth and parents about how terrorist recruiters target the vulnerable & the importance of intervention & support of communities to deter them.
US journalist Theo Padnos exposes the malicious ideologies of his Al Qaeda captors after spending two years in captivity in Syria. He shares his political views and analysis of the civil war in Syria and the ongoing humanitarian crisis.
Nina Käsehage, a German historian and religious scientist with a focus on Salafistic movements, speaks about interviewing 170 extremists and her success in convincing many not to join terrorist groups. Her recent research is titled “Falling in Love with Martial Jihad”— an exploration of motives of Salafistic–Jihadistic women.
American journalist and author Theo Padnos formerly kidnapped for two years by Al Nusra Front, an affiliate of Al Qaeda in Syria, supports the #NotBornARadical campaign and speaks to youth about and the dangers of radicalisation.
Counter-terrorism experts, UN & EU advisors, a former extremist and academics from nine nations joined the #IOHR initiative in the UK to launch the #NotBornARadical campaign aimed at preventing radicalism and countering extremism.
Hanif Qadir, Chief Executive of the Active Change Foundation, speaks on how his personal experience as an extremist proved to be a valuable asset in advising governments in reforming prevention and countering of violent extremism.