Invitation: 10 Years WwB Event: Can Mothers Stop Terrorism? Voices from the First Line of Defense

Dear Women without Borders, dear SAVE Sisters, dear friends,

In celebration of our 10 Years Anniversary, we kindly invite you to a Women without Borders / SAVE Panel Presentation

Tuesday,  10th December 2013,  7pm at the Ringturm (Schottenring 30, 1010 Wien)

“Can Mothers Stop Terrorism? - Voices from the First Line of Defense”

Women and especially mothers are strategically placed at the core of their families and are most likely the first to recognise their youngsters’ fears, resignation, frustration and anger that can lead to radicalization. A comprehensive security concept, one that is embraced by civil society, must take advantage of such potential early warning signals. Women without Borders / SAVE operates worldwide with mothers who are committed to confront the dangers of radicalization right where they have the best access for action: in their families and communities.

For this event, Women without Borders / SAVE has invited a group of dedicated SAVE activists from India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Zanzibar to Vienna: women who are already mobilizing against terror and violent extremism. Women without Borders / SAVE is leading a global campaign for mothers, training courageous and deeply concerned women in alternative diplomacy and dialogue as well as applied parenting skills. Their soft power could be the new smart power in global counter terrorism strategies.

This pioneering movement of mothers creates a platform to raise awareness and to act against the ideologies of violent extremism in their families. Their voices must be included in the ongoing official peace negotiations.

Edit Schlaffer, Founder and Director Women without Borders / SAVE

Opening remarks:

Mr Rudolf Hundstorfer, Federal Minister for Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection
Ms Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek, Federal Minister for Women and the Civil Service
Mr Ben Emmerson, UN Special Rapporteur on Counter–Terrorism and Human Rights
Mr Thomas Wuchte, Head on Anti-terrorism Issues – OSCE Vienna

International guest speakers:

The lure of the poison – immunization and antidote strategies for mothers in communities at risk:
Max Boon / Indonesia, The Netherlands:
Boon lost both legs in a terrorist bomb attack on the Marriott Hotel in Jakarta in 2009. Since his recovery, he is a fellow of the International Center for Counter-terrorism in the Hague and co-founded the first Victims Survivors Network in Indonesia.

Shazia Khan and Tasneem Ahmar / Pakistan:
Khan is a young activist from Quetta. She belongs to the persecuted Hazara minority and has lost numerous family members through recent bomb attacks on the city. Ahmar is Director of UKs Research Resource and Publication Centre on Women and Media in Karachi and has spearhearded groundbreaking Media and Trainings programmes for girls and women.

Khadija Mohammed Mbarak / Zanzibar:
Mbarak is an expert on education, and through her engagement with NGO Zayedesa she helps a growing group of young girls gain access to higher education.

Marching, talking and teaching for peace - Mothers leading the way to security and stability:
Esther Ibanga and Khadija Hawaja Gambo / Nigeria:
The Christian Pastor Ibanga and Muslim activist Gambo are voices of reason and reconciliation in the Jos Plateau, torn by ethnic and religious conflicts.

Archana Kapoor / India:
Kapoor is a leading Indian activist, film maker and founder of the Mewat Community Radio, that sends SAVE messages out to thousands of listeners, in the most distant area of the Muslim-majority Mewat region.

Zukhrakon Murodova / Tajikistan:
SAVE Partner for the Mothers School Project in South Tajikistan. Morodova is project manager for Save the Children in the Kurgan-Tube Region.

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We look forward to seeing you!
Edit Schlaffer and the Women without Borders / SAVE Team

In gratitude to our sponsors:

BMASK, BKA, OSCE, Bank Austria, Hotel Domizil, the Wiener Städtische Versicherung and Radisson Blu Palais Hotel


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