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Preventing Extremism

JAN Trust’s view: What has the Queen’s Speech told us about new counter-terrorism measures?

In the final days of the election campaign, Theresa May announced “enough is enough” – terrorism was not to be left unchallenged.  She revealed a readiness to weaken human rights laws if they “get in the way” of apprehending terror suspects. Last Tuesday, the Queen’s Speech detailed the Government’s plans for tackling terrorism.

Queen Elizabeth II revealed that a “Commission for countering extremism will be established”. Interestingly, she expanded that the commission would aid eliminating extremism in “all its forms”, including “on the internet”.

JAN Trust has long emphasised the dangers of online radicalisation – publishing a pioneering report on this problem in 2012. The majority of the culprits of recent terror attacks, including the Manchester arena bombing, the London Bridge attack and the Westminster attack, were all exposed to extremism on the internet. The role of the internet in the process of radicalisation is becoming increasingly clear.

This reality only highlights the importance of our Web Guardians™ programme. This is a course that empowers mothers to prevent and tackle online extremism, building community resilience.

However, without funding we are unable to continue this vital work. JAN Trust is calling out to the new government to support a programme that protects our young people from the dangers of the internet. We must put an end to online radicalisation.

In the wake of these recent terror attacks in Britain, we welcome the government’s renewed emphasis on tackling terrorism. We believe that our grassroots approach to preventing radicalisation and extremism will be integral in doing so, and we hope to receive recognition and financial support to carry on our work.

We want all our children, families and communities to be safe from violence and extremism. To learn more about the Web Guardians™ programme, watch this testimony.

JAN Trust featured in Arab News

In an article which explored the importance of online radicalisation in causing violent extremism and terror attacks, our award winning Web Guardians™ course was referenced. It highlights how radicalisation has changed, where today individuals are radicalised alone, often seeking out extremist material and 'self-radicalising' rather than being groomed within a group.

They offer our work here at JAN Trust as part of the solution, helping to educate mothers on how to protect their children from the dangers of online extremism.

 

Read the article here.

JT on BBC SML

On the 9th of July, BBC Sunday Morning Live featured our CEO Sajda Mughal and our Web Guardians™ programme. Sajda spoke about her experience of the 7/7 bombings, marking the 12 year anniversary. She also spoke about her pioneering Web Guardians™ programme. The piece also featured some women and mothers who had taken part in our Web Guardians™ programme and they described how the programme had made a difference in them protecting their children from being radicalised online.

To view the piece, click here.

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