Towards an Inclusive Peace
23 – 26 July 2017

Towards an inclusive peace

Tackling different forms of violent extremism

Isolation, fear and misunderstanding create a fertile ground for extremist views and discourses to take root, often leading to different levels of violence. Experience has shown that by reaching out, these dangerous extremist narratives can be challenged and eventually shifted towards peaceful coexistence.

This event will enable influential NGO leaders, governance representatives, business people, academics, victims and ex-perpetrators to explore the different issues involved in bringing together top-down and bottom-up approaches and discuss practical tools and strategies that will help counter these extremist narratives.

Participants will be encouraged to think of community-based indicators that can measure progress and help them make better decisions about how to deal with the problem in the future. So come and learn how to challenge extremes in a holistic manner, and build better ways to create an inclusive, peaceful community.

This event will discuss violent extremism from six different perspectives:
  • Race and Ethnicity (hatred against the Other based on skin color or origin)
  • Gender (sexism, homophobia)
  • Politics (right and left wing extremist parties)
  • Religion (hatred against the Other based on religion)
  • Economy (inequality, classism)
  • Ecology (natural resources and climate change)

We have a group of experienced facilitators from diverse backgrounds who will lead the discussion about the root causes of violent extremism along these perspectives in six corresponding community groups.

Find out more about Toward an Inclusive Peace's approach to violent extremism.

Who is this event for?

Towards an Inclusive Peace is for people from around the world who are interested in the topic of violent extremism from a peacebuilding and conflict transformation perspective.  This event brings together peacebuilders, grassroots organizations and local leaders while also having present representatives from international organizations, academics and international NGOs.

Why is Towards an Inclusive Peace relevant for your work?

Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences in a safe space and challenge the extremist narratives they deal with in their everyday life and work. Two tools are presented to participants by leading NGOs in the peacebuilding field: narrative analysis and community-based indicators. Changing violent and extremist discourses will be addressed through narrative analysis. This is a tool that strengthens participants’ capacity for dialogue and peaceful coexistence by actively listening and communicating with the other. Moreover, community-based indicators help local peacebuilders and changemakers to have early warning mechanisms before violent extremism arises or identify changes in violent extremist expressions already present in their communities. These locally owned indicators serve tracking the development of an initiative and show concrete results to the own community and even potential donors.

Who is going to lead the discussion?

Knowing that the subject of violent extremism is a complex one, due to its multiple layers, Towards an Inclusive Peace will bring in a few influential key note speakers who will set the tone for the conversation. Moreover, input speakers on the two tools will join us. Finally, experienced facilitators will lead discussion within the six different community groups and create a safe space, while allowing for challenging but enriching discussions.

When will Towards an Inclusive Peace take place?

This event will start on Sunday 23 July at 16:45 and end on Wednesday 26 July at 12:30.

More information
Contact the team