Fighting radicalisation and promoting dialogue at Lisbon Forum

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Snezana Samardzic-Markovic, Director General of Democracy and peace activist Dr. Alaa Murabit

In the wake of recent terror attacks that struck Paris, Bamako and Tunis, this year’s Lisbon Forum – How to combat radicalisation and terrorism – is of greater relevance than ever.

From 3-4 December at Lisbon’s Ismaili Centre, some 300 government and NGO representatives, educators and legal experts from over 40 countries assess how to counter radicalisation that can lead to terrorism.

Empowering women to prevent radicalisation is a forum highlight. Keynote speaker Dr. Alaa Murabit – founder of Voice of Libyan Women – addresses Islam’s impact on laws and societal structures involving gender. She had received a standing ovation at a 2015 TEDWomen audience for a talk that The New York Times selected as among the “four most moving” to watch.

The forum is not limited to tackling radical Islam. Former white supremacist Robert Örell explains community based approaches to prevent radicalisation. He is director of Exit Sweden, an organisation dedicated to helping individuals leave white supremacy groups. (more…)

Source: Council of Europe


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