Hedayah at Madrid+10: Stop Violent Extremism in Madrid

ABU DHABI, 29th October, 2015 (WAM) — Hedayah, the International Centre of Excellency for Countering Violent Extremism, organised a two-day workshop on the “Role of Women in Countering Radicalisation and Violent Extremism” in Madrid, from 27-28 October, 2015.
The event was held during the Club de Madrid Policy Dialogue “Madrid+10: Stop Violent Extremism” conference, hosted by Club de Madrid and the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR).
Hedayah’s delegation is led by Maqsoud Kruse, Executive Director of Hedayah, Ivo Veenkamp, Deputy Executive Director, and Sara Zeiger, Senior Research Analyst.
Andres Pastrana, President of Colombia (1998-2002) and Laura Chinchilla, President of Costa Rica (2010-2014), delivered the welcoming remarks during the first day. A panel discussion on “Countering Female Radicalisation and Recruitment”, moderated by Maqsoud Kruse, Executive Director of Hedayah, included expert speakers: Farah Pandith from Harvard Kennedy SchoolInstitute for Strategic Dialogue and Anne Speckhard, Georgetown University.
Sara Zeiger, Senior Research Analyst, emphasised Hedayah’s efforts in empowering women to counter violent extremism as the Center is leading an ongoing project on the differing roles of women by creating a platform for authors’ contributions to be published as a final volume on Women and Countering Violent Extremism.
During the second day of the workshop, the discussions focused on “Integrating Women in Countering Radicalisation and Violent Extremism Programs and Policies”. Alejandro Toledo, President of Peru (2001-2006), Timothy Philipps, Co-Founder and Chairman of Beyond Conflict board, Georgia Holmer, US Institute of Peace (USIP), Mariam Safi, Organisation for Policy, Research and Development Studies, Afghanistan and Edit Schlaffer – Sisters Against Violent Extremism (SaVE) were among the speakers of the second panel discussions.
Ivo Veenkamp, Deputy Executive Director of Hedayah also presented its initiatives in countering violent extremism and education on the “Educators in dialogue, youth in debate: countering violent extremism” workshop. During this workshop, Hedayah shared its recent research on the role of education in countering violent extremism and preventive efforts through adopting a set of good practices.
The discussions at this workshop, along with the other workshops, will feed into the “Global Consensus” document which is being drafted through four working groups with support and oversight by Club de Madrid.
The aim of this constructive initiative is to mobilise policy makers, opinion formers, civil society and grassroots organisations around the concept of preventing, countering radicalisation and violent extremism, increase public engagement, and promote grassroots initiatives.