“It is impossible to overstate the importance of involving female voices when discussing radicalisation and terrorism. It is shameful that this should need to be restated, yet so many debates on these issues involve patriarchal, unelected community leaders while those women who do become involved can be disparaged and vilified.
The UK strategy to stop people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism is called Prevent and the role of women in the prevention of terrorism is not a luxury, but a necessity. To overlook their counsel is to ignore over half of the population and Muslim women should be at the forefront of these discussions.”
“Recent research has demonstrated that women are often ‘first responders’ to the possibilities of radicalisation within their communities. In families, schools, workplaces, community groups and religious centres, women play an important role in preventing and countering both the spread and persuasion of extremist ideologies. It also found that the marginalisation of women from social and political life allows those views to spread more readily.”
“Parity between the sexes remains one of the most vital challenges of our society and one which has the power to resolve so many inequalities and social harms. Tackling extremism is yet one more area where this holds true, as it becomes increasingly clear that the push for – and protection of – gender equality is arguably the most significant counter-narrative to extremist ideology.”