UK Muslim Women Stand Against Radicalization
Cardiff (UK): A British Muslim women’s group held a conference in Cardiff as part of their nationwide campaign called, “Making a Stand” against extremism and radicalization. “Women are the backbone of our communities and the first line of defense against radicalizers,” Sara Khan, director of Inspire, a counter-extremism and human rights group, told BBC. Making a Stand conference is part of a series of events around the UK to champion the importance of Muslim women’s voices in society. A first defense line was by advising Muslim women on how to “challenge extremist ideologies, both here and abroad”, Inspire co-director Kalsoom Bashir said. “We know that our children are connected to this virtual reality on the internet. “They are more connected to their virtual friends than to their family. It’s about saying to our mothers they really do need to reconnect with our children. That can be literally around the dinner table,” she added. In Cambridge, the Muslim community has launched a new campaign targeting the strong bond between mothers and daughters to prevent girls from trying to join the militant groups.