Ismaili Centre, Lisbon hosts Lisbon Forum 2015: Fighting radicalisation and promoting dialogue – Day 2

Lisbon Forum: Fighting radicalisation and promoting dialogue

Strasbourg / Lisbon, 03.12.2015 – In the wake of recent terror attacks that struck Paris, Bamako and Tunis, this year’s Lisbon Forum – How to combat radicalisation and terrorism – is of greater relevance than ever.

From 3-4 December at Lisbon’s Ismaili Centre, some 300 government and NGO representatives, educators and legal experts from over 40 countries assess how to counter radicalisation that can lead to terrorism.

Ismaili Centre, Lisbon hosts Lisbon Forum 2015: Fighting radicalisation and promoting dialogue - Day 2Empowering women to prevent radicalisation is a forum highlight. Keynote speaker Dr. Alaa Murabit – founder of Voice of Libyan Women – yesterday addressed Islam’s impact on laws and societal structures involving gender. She had received a standing ovation at a 2015 TEDWomen audience for a talk that The New York Times selected as among the “four most moving” to watch.

The forum is not limited to tackling radical Islam. Former white supremacist Robert Örell explains community based approaches to prevent radicalisation. He is director of Exit Sweden, an organisation dedicated to helping individuals leave white supremacy groups.

Forum participants will assess the challenge from different vantage points: from which legal actions to take to promoting effective intercultural and interfaith dialogue.

The Lisbon Forum is organised in partnership with the Aga Khan Development Network, the Anna Lindh Foundation and in coordination with an EU-funded initiative carried out by the Council of Europe: the South Programme II. Its purpose is to support strengthened democratic governance through the creation of effective networks between Europe and the countries of the Southern Mediterranean.


2015 TEDWomen – Dr. Alaa Murabit – founder of Voice of Libyan Women

Alaa Murabit’s family moved from Canada to Libya when she was 15. Before, she’d felt equal to her brothers, but in this new environment she sensed big prohibitions on what she could accomplish. As a proud Muslim woman, she wondered: was this really religious doctrine? With humor, passion and a refreshingly rebellious spirt, she shares how she discovered examples of female leaders from across the history of her faith — and how she launched a campaign to fight for women’s rights using verses directly from the Koran.

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