Another Way Forward is a counter-extremism programme whose unique approach consists of empowering young girls against extremism. Ultimately, it contributes to vital social change against radicalisation. At JAN Trust we believe that young women and girls have the potential and willpower to create change. Our programme brings their passion and creativity to the surface to help combat the most alarming issues facing their communities.
AWF is a one of a kind programme, as it puts the girls – Young Ambassadors – at the centre of countering extremism. This is particularly important as the majority of available strategies tend to be either general, or focus on boys and men. AWF is curated to address the issues that arise with the intersection of gender and extremism. For example, it focuses on the grooming of girls, roles of far-right extremist women as well as the tactics used to radicalising girls.
In the past, our AWF programme has been delivered in schools and colleges. However, due to coronavirus restrictions, we have taken this course online. We are currently hosting presentations and workshops virtually. As well as educating young girls on the presence and dangers of extremism online, AWF™ currently explores the pandemic-led increase in time spent on the internet, and the increase in online radicalisation. We have also adapted our programme to reflect the important issues that have been brought to the forefront over the summer including gangs.
Our CEO Sajda Mughal OBE has made it her life’s work to educate her community, especially women, about extremism and radicalisation, and AWF plays a vital role in continuing this work. Our young AWF ambassadors will be completing their course at the end of the year and you can expect to see amazing campaigning videos in the New Year!