KMU was part of the Roundtable Consultation on the Roles of Women in Prevention / Counter Violent Extremism (P/CVE) co-organized by Global Center on Cooperative Security and IMAN Research.

The session was very insightful for KMU as a progressive and youth-led Muslim organization that views rising extremism as a threat to the humanity and it should be tackled from its root.1 Acknowledging that contributing factors of extremism are complex and always intertwined with each other and not exclusive to any gender, KMU believes that extreme ideology and interpretation is one of the strongest factors that could infiltrate the mindsets of many young people to practice hate and potentially join militant groups to enforce the ideology.

Women play a vital role in combating extremism and promoting peace,2 but not limited to mothers and housewives, it includes female religious, youth and community leaders, academics, politicians and policy-makers to actively take up a responsibility to prioritize and champion inclusive education.3 It must target all levels of society from family institution to society at large that incorporates gender equality,4 religious and racial tolerance and psychological understanding.

KMU has been consistent in its CVE approach, which is with, ‘counter narratives derived from human rights and progressive Islamic values” that compliments the intergovernmental counter terrorism (CT) and counter extremism (CE) initiatives. Recognizing freedom of religion, belief, speech and expression of religious minorities, women and sexual minorities (who are often the victims of extremism), is one of the fundamental solutions that enables a change of hearts, mindsets and attitudes of non-genetically extreme individuals.

Lastly, KMU is committed to continue its embarkation in P/CVE area based on KMU previous experience in the policy consultation with the British Government, UK and Indonesian civil society organizations (CSOs), thematic consultation with local and global CSOs, advocacy programs (training, online campaign, outreach) with diverse groups of youth, and #ImamsForShe. (a model that should be capitalized to amplify women’s rights in countering extreme interpretation, empower women to become community leaders and religious leaders to further empower other large sections of society in conflict or post conflict settings).

1 Resolution 2250 of United Nations Security Council on Youth, Peace & Security

2 Resolution 2129,2178 and 2242 United Nations Security Council on “increase its attention to women, peace and security issues in all relevant thematic areas of work on its agenda, including in threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts”

3 Goal 4 of Sustainable Development Goals

4 Goal 5 of Sustainable Development Goals