The GNRC Secretary General, Dr. Mustafa Y. Ali attended consultative and planning meetings to address radicalization and violent extremism in Washington DC and New York from 25th – 29th September.
Some of the recommendations include; relying on other approaches such as community mobilization and counter-messaging, developing of alternative narratives and reducing relying on exclusive military approaches and that religious actors should be engaged from the beginning in identifying the problems and their solutions.
Understanding the role of religious actors is key—as they can for instance; use education in many ways to counter violent extremism through promoting peace and tolerance by providing formal and informal religious curricula on corrective interpretations of dogma and preaching. The importance of convening smaller organizations and foster collaboration and alliance between civil society and faith-based groups within countries and trans-nationally and/or encourage outside religious actors from similar background to visit and share best practice and show solidarity to those in conflict zones was encouraged.
The meetings and consultations were a part of the work that the GNRC has been involved in on building, strengthening and enhancing community resilience against violent extremism.