Empowering youth is an essential element in countering violent extremism and preventing marginalisation and radicalisation.
Today, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, together with Kofi Annan and ten of the world’s leading young counter-extremism experts, presented an EU-co-funded flagship initiative against extremism. Commissioner Mimica, said: "Violent extremism is a sad reality that we all have to face within our societies today. For too long too many young people have been victims or even instruments of terrorism. 'Extremely Together' is about turning the tables and empowering young people to become agents of peace, tolerance and hope."
This guide, developed for young people by young people, is produced by 'Extremely Together', an initiative launched by the Kofi Annan Foundation launched last year. 'Extremely Together' unites 10 young leaders under the age of 30, to tackle and prevent the rise of extremism within their communities and across borders and cultures.
The guide is designed to start a global movement of young people mobilising against violent extremism. It will direct 'Extremely Together's' work in the future, as they aim to inspire other young people to follow in their footsteps.
The guide itself can be found online here.
The event takes place at the SQUARE Meeting Centre, Coudenberg 3, 1000 Brussels (10:00-17:00). Live-streaming will be available through the Facebook channel of the "Extremely Together" Initiative.
(For more information: Carlos Martín Ruiz de Gordejuela – Tel.: + 32 229 65322; Christina Wunder – Tel.: + 32 229 92256)