Between Two Worlds

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Mothers Against Terror-Families are best placed to address radicalization before it escalates into violence

Edit Schlaffer and Ulrich Kropiunigg feature the research on concerned Mothers and the implementation of the Mothers School against extremism model in the Marhall Center publication per Concordiam.

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Bridging the Gap Brochure

Bridging the Gap - Empowerment Strategies for the New Female Arab Leadership. A Women without Borders brochure for free download.

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Bridging the Gap Brochure

 

This is Who We Are! Young Muslim Men in Austria

Young Muslim men in Austria live in a parallel world. That world is not only ideologically different, but also provides fewer opportunities.

The educational paths of Muslim and non-Muslim young men diverge at an early age. Almost five times more Muslim boys than non-Muslim boys go to a Hauptschule*, while double as many go to a Polytechnic, and only 2% undertake university studies. The resulting feeling of exclusion extends to all areas of life: School, education, training and business.

The journey in the wrong direction often begins with educational choices: they begin their careers badly prepared, receive insufficient advice and do not follow their own dreams. As they enter adult life, they have little confidence that they will successfully gain a foothold on the career ladder.

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Fair Share in Yemen

A report on the attitudes and perspectives of Yemeni youth, focussing on aspirations and changing gender roles.

Yemen’s youth is the driving force behind the protests that are currently calling for regime change and social justice in one of the Arab world’s least developed countries. On the eve of the uprisings in Yemen, Women without Borders conducted a survey to gauge the aspirations, interests and perspectives of the young people who will shape the country’s future. The “Fair Share in Yemen” study, supported by the OPEC Fund for International Development, focuses on students at Sana’a University, comparing their goals and dreams to the realities of life in Yemen.

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Fair Share in Yemen

 

SAVE India: Mothers for Change! "Our Stories, Our Future" Project Report

From April 26-30, 2010, SAVE India launched a Mothers for Change! pilot project to test how to reach out to families affected by the 26/11 attacks. These families can serve as important testimonials for the young generation, and their experiences are central to developing alternative narratives to extremist ideologies. Through storytelling and swimming workshops, the participants explored their own lived experiences of the terrorist attack and realized for the first time their own potential to make a difference in their lives.

For more information, please download the project report.

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Indian Women Say No to Violent Extremism!

An empowerment and anti-extremism training for the mothers, sisters and daughters of police officers in Mumbai who were active during the 26/11 terror attacks. This download provides a short overview of the manual's contents. For more details, please contact office@women-without-borders.org.

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Indian Women Say No to Violent Extremism!

 

Bee what you want to be!

A trainings manual for girls and young women in Rwanda/Kigali focusing on democracy, participation, civil society and gender.

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Bee what you want to be!

 

Step by Step into the Future!

Handbook your youth in Iraq.

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Step by Step into the Future!

 

Young Women: Fit for Politcs!

A training manual for young women in Austira, Cyprus and Turkey.

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Young Women: Fit for Politcs!

 

Bridging the Gap! Young Voices from the Saudi Kingdom

Executive Summary

Between 2006 and 2008, Edit Schlaffer, together with an international research team surveyed a total of 4,400 male and female students across the country, as it can be assumed that the educated generation will be the driving force for debate and change in the coming years. The students came from King Saud University in Riyadh, King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, Dar el Hekma University in Jeddah, Al Qassim University in Qassim, and King Faisal University in Dammam.

The results show an impressive common denominator: the female and male voices in the study desire to and feel confident about promoting women’s status in Saudi Arabia. Family is paramount, religion is treasured and tradition is respected.

Please download the summary below.

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Bridging the Gap! Young Voices from the Saudi Kingdom

 

Women Winning the Future!

Women Winning the Future! Sports Empowerment for Peace and Change. A Women without Borders brochure for free download.

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Women Winning the Future!

 

Our Country My Role 2nd Edition 2005

The trainings-manual was developed for the project "Empowerment of Afghan women for Afghan Women" (see finished projects). The second edition was realised in cooperation with the UNFPA and was translated into Dari and Pashto. 10.000 copies were printed and distributed throughout the country.

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Our Country My Role 2nd Edition 2005

 

Study Report: Can Mothers Challenge Extremism?


The findings of this study across five different regions show that there is significant potential of mothers to prevent their children from violent extremism. In their unique position of access and proximity to their children, mothers are an unrecognized source for deepening our understanding of risk factors and a key partner in developing preventative, counter-violence strategies.

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Study Report: Can Mothers Challenge Extremism?

 

Charting a New Course. Thought for Action Kit: Women prevention violent extremism

Edit Schlaffer about including mothers in deradicalization programs (page 32)

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Charting a New Course. Thought for Action Kit: Women prevention violent extremism

 

Afghanistan Empowerment Project - End Report

The Project "Empowerment of Afghan Women for Afghan Women", financed by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), was running until January, 2005. The project and the specially developed workshop manual and resource book "Our Country My Role" was a very successful initiative to support women in their efforts towards long term participation in political and public life and in particular to take part in the elections. The handbook is going to be distributed further on and has become a very welcome material for different groups and organisations to work with. Read the project end report in English!

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Afghanistan Empowerment Project - End Report

 

Conference Report of the first International WwB Conference "Women Included!" in November 2003

The documentation of the first international Women without Borders conference "Women Included!" is available for free download now!

The report contains a lot of photos, the statements and speeches of all 17 experts from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Palestine, Kosovo, Kurdistan/Iraq, Senegal and South Africa as well as the most important achievements of the workshops and the reactions to the main outcome of the conference, the Vienna Women without Borders Declaration 2003.

We wish you an enjoyable read and are looking forward to your feedback!

The Women without Borders Team

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Conference Report of the first International WwB Conference

 

International Youth Study

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Wilson Center comment: Challenges to Women' s Security in the MENA region

On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2013, a cross-section of women activists, politicians, academics, and entrepreneurs shared their views on the challenges women face to their security in by the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars. Edit Schlaffer was invited to contribute to this prestigious publication by writing a piece on the awakening of Palestinian mothers to their security roles, following her visit to the West Bank in January.

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CSIS Gulf Analysis Paper-Saudi Youth Unveiling the the Force for Change

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been spared the unrest that recently swept many of its neighbors in the Middle East. Although many perceive that the Saudi royal family has maintained a high degree of both legitimacy and stability, the country faces many of the same socioeconomic ills that helped spark uprisings elsewhere in the region: a massive youth bulge, high unemployment, an education gap, and gender inequality. Up until now, young Saudis largely ignored calls for public protests. Yet with over 60 percent of the population under the age of 30, shifting attitudes among youth will help determine Saudi Arabia’s course over the next decade and beyond... - By Dr. Edit Schlaffer and Dr. Ulrich Kropiunigg

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CSIS Gulf Analysis Paper-Saudi Youth Unveiling the the Force for Change