Helping mothers fight online extremism

Without education and oversight, children can succumb to the lure of online extremism. JAN Trust, a UK charity, is trying to give parents the tools to fight back.

Lydia Morrish
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Why this story matters:

Extremism workshops designed for Muslim women and mothers are being held in Britain to prevent and tackle online extremism.

By empowering the mothers whose sons and daughters may be at risk of radicalization and educating them on how to spot signs of extremism, JAN Trust says it is safeguarding the next generation.

Some of the young people that the charity works with have had friends travel to Syria to join the Islamic State (ISIS). One mother at a workshop says that her son recently joined Isis and is now dead.

Details from the story:

  • Sajda Mughal is the chief executive of JAN Trust, a charity working to prevent and tackle radicalization in London.
  • JAN Trust works by encouraging, educating and empowering women, promoting integration and preventing extremism and hate crime.
  • In a diary for The Guardian's "Working Week" series, Mughal narrates five days of work.
  • During a refresher session for a JAN Trust program designed to educate Muslim women and mothers to tackle online extremism, a woman tells the group her son joined Isis and is dead. "It’s a somber moment," writes Mughal, "the whole room is in tears."

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