Posted on July 01, 2018

Silatech partook in a high-level panel of leading global policy-makers and practitioners, as well as civil society, private sector, and youth voices, to discuss best practices and initiatives that empower young women and men to fulfill their role as protagonists in preventing and countering violent extremism.

The event theme, "Youth as Protagonists in Preventing Violent Extremism" and organized by the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the UN and the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund, took place on the 28th of June 2018 during the UN's Counter-Terrorism Week in New York City. The panel offered various perspectives on how young people understand and work to prevent violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism, through activities based on community and social cohesion.

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Ms. Sabah Al Haidoos, Chief Executive Officer, presented Silatech's innovative approach to combating extremism and terrorism by empowering young people and enabling them with jobs to lead decent lives, as well as the organization’s achievements in fragile communities and conflict-affected areas. "We must work to protect youth from marginalization, poverty and unemployment so they don’t fall a prey to violent extremism and terrorism... Therefore, we must first ask ourselves how we can expect young people lacking peace, security and decent work to be positive and active participants in their communities. "We advocate for youth and believe in their positive influence in the development of societies and the spread of peace, and this is what we do at Silatech, an international organization that works to empower youth and positively engage them in their societies.”

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