Recommendation 2

Support and empower women – particularly mothers – as prevention protagonists.

Mothers are situated at the heart of the family, and are often best-placed to identify, predict, and respond to potential vulnerabilities to VE. In many cases, women are also well-positioned to offer meaningful counter-narratives: they can humanize the impact of terrorism, or highlight the hardships, economic and otherwise, that may be imposed on a recruit’s own family if he/she leaves. The voices of women need to be amplified. For mothers to play a significant prevention role, they must be informed and empowered, within the home and the broader community. Mothers may identify an emerging VE risk, but may not have the tools or support to stop children from committing a crime.