SAVE - Sisters Against Violent Extremism

The First Women´s Anti-Terror Platform. Women Know How!

SAVE is a Women without Borders initiative

SAVE (Sisters Against Violent Extremism) is the world's first female counter-terrorism platform. Headquartered at the Women without Borders offices in Vienna, Austria, the SAVE initiative brings together a broad spectrum of women determined to create a united front against violent extremism. SAVE provides women with the tools for critical debate to challenge extremist thinking and to develop alternative strategies for combating the growth of global terrorism.

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Strategic Outlook:

SAVE breaks through barriers of nationalism, religion, and ethnicity in order to create a global network of women dedicated to ending violent extremism.

SAVE functions as a strategic platform to promote women's voices in the international security, counter-terrorism, and peacebuilding debates.

As the voices of civil society, women must be included as sought-after contributors in the security arena.

SAVE's global network encompasses a range of cultural, religious, social, and ethnic backgrounds in order to encourage critical thinking, reflection, and action. Through its country chapters, SAVE strategically positions these women as a resource for each other as well as for key social and political stakeholders. Politicians and journalists can find alternate, oft-neglected viewpoints on conflicts, negotiations, and bases of popular support by turning to these women's networks. Use the buttons on the right-hand side to read more about each of our country chapters.

SAVE focuses on all forms of violent extremism, regardless of religious, political, ethnic, or social affiliation.

Please click here to read more about the first global SAVE conference and the SAVE declaration.

SAVE's Projects and Programs

-- Mothers for Change! - An applied research project--

Mothers for Change! takes an innovative, horizontal approach to studying the process of deradicalization by taking full advantage of women’s role in the family and in society. Women are strategically positioned at the center of the family, where they are the first to recognize resignation and anger in their children. They build an ideal early-warning system when their sons, daughters, or husbands travel down the wrong path. Just as terrorist organizations are able to exploit latent activist energies in youth, the project seeks to identify and unlock mothers’ directive capabilities at the heart of the family. To read more about this project, click here.

-- Mothers MOVE! campaign --

Alongside the Mothers for Change! research project, SAVE creates mothers' groups in several countries who take part in an anti-extremism training. Mothers' groups have already been established in Tajikistan and India. This project allows women to bring an economic contribution to their households, increasing their influence in their families and societies. At the same time it trains women to recognize the early warning signals of radicalization or violent tendencies, allowing them to become agents for a more peaceful culture. More information here.

--The Women's Dialogue--

Although politicians on both sides regularly engage in high-level negotiations, grassroots representatives—and especially women—are only rarely included. It is obvious, however, that diplomatic efforts can only be translated into concrete, effective strategies if people on the ground feel personally addressed. Women can be key in this process. Bringing dialogue down to the grassroots level, and bringing women face to face with the "other", the Women's Dialogue allows people-to-people contact and the creation of community strategies to combat prejudice and extremism. SAVE piloted this project in Mumbai with representatives from India and Pakistan. Read more about this program here.

-- SAVE Witness --

SAVE Witness puts a face to the tragic aftermath of terrorist attacks. The project will be led by women and create a network of eyewitnesses who provide the young generation with alternative role models. These witnesses will share their stories to promote reconciliation rather than revenge. SAVE Global is creating new pathways for the young generation to gain access to testimonials of the consequences of terrorism, in order to expose them to the reality of the dangers of extremist ideologies. Women as mothers, educators, journalists, and activists will lead the way for this SAVE Global Counter-Extremism Education Campaign. Rather than implementing an educational campaign years after the occurrences, the SAVE Witness project seeks to act swiftly and comprehensively at the height of the threat of terrorist activities around the globe. Read more about it here.

-- SAVE Blog --

SAVE's blog, updated daily, collects women's voices from the ground. The blog has lately focused on highlighting women's roles in the uprisings in the Middle East, including in Yemen, Bahrain and Libya. Read messages from SAVE Sisters, updates on our activities, and news and views on counter-extremism and peace-building here.

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