A Human Approach
“When hundreds of her fellow Nigerian Christians were massacred with machetes in 2010 near the town of Jos, pastor Esther Ibanga protested the violence with a “100,000 Women March” across the dusty plateau of central Nigeria. One person she shunned was Khadija Hawaja, a locally revered female Muslim leader from across the religious divide who was planning a similar march for her own co-religionists. That Ibanga and Hawaja now travel the world as partners expounding on the need for reconciliation is a tribute to the success of Vienna-based Sisters Against Violent Extremism (SAVE), founded in 2008 by Austrian professor Edit Schlaffer.
Schlaffer calls her organization the first women’s counterterrorism platform, a security network that considers mothers and wives, with their direct access to danger zones, the world’s “new security guardians.” Few deny the role women can play in fomenting violent extremism – a phenomenon abetted by online recruitment – but Schlaffer insists that behind many a mother ready to acclaim her son a martyr is a scared parent horrified at the bloodletting...”
Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “A Human Approach,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 4, No. 1, 2013: 17.
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