2015 Trust Conference Action

'Online counter extremism initiative for women'

Presented by Sasha Havlicek - CEO/Director The Institute for Strategic Dialogue Co-founder of the Women and Extremism (WAE) initiative

Summary

Using social media to have a constructive dialogue with women expressing extremist sentiments.

The Presentation

The Problem

The internet permeates all aspects of modern life and violent extremism is no exception. Violent extremist networks have excelled at engaging with individuals online in personalized ways that have enhanced processes of radicalization and recruitment. Within this trend, there is also a blind spot around the question of gender and the involvement of women within these movements. Looking at ISIS alone, hundreds of Western women have travelled great distances to join this terrorist organization. How and why are women and girls being recruited, and what can be done to counter this new threat?

The Action

The Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) has piloted the One2One programme – a programme which uses social media to engage with people expressing extremist sentiments. One2One aims to sew the initial seeds of doubt and create a methodology around online interventions that can be replicated and scaled up.

The Pilot programme has achieved a 59% percent engagement rate by using former extremists whose own experiences can resonate strongly with young people heading down extremist routes.

ISD now seeks your help to pilot the first Women's One2One programme to proactively engage with females heading down the path of radicalization. Women One2one will:

What help is needed

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