OUR PROJECT

The general objective of the project is to prevent vulnerable audiences from starting a process of radicalisation by offering them resilience and critical thinking mechanisms, as well as convince those already engaged within a process of radicalisation to abandon it or dissuade them from going further by providing an alternative narrative that deconstructs extremist rhetoric, in order to change violent behaviour.

This will be achieved through 7 social media campaigns.

VULNERABLE AUDIENCES TO ISLAMIST EXTREMISM

COMMUNITY HEROES

Aim to provide resilience mechanisms, such as sense of community belonging or identity to vulnerable young people (aged 12-16) from Muslim communities;

NARRATIVES OF GLOBAL ISLAM

To empower Muslim communities through specific features of Islam, such as fundamental rights based on testimonies from Muslims leaders or activists;

THE TRUE FACE OF EXTREMISM

To present the reality of violent extremism based on former extremists, their families and friends, in order to deconstruct idealistic views.

VULNERABLE AUDIENCES TO ISLAMIST EXTREMISM

CONSPIRACY THEORIES

From satire to danger: to demystify social myths and conspiracy theories propagated by far-right extremism through a factual and humorous tone;

WHAT IT IS TO BE PART OF A FAR-RIGHT VIOLENT GROUP

To share real narratives that identify the risks associated with being a former far-right violent extremist based on real experiences

GENERAL PEOPLE VULNERABLE TO POLARISATION AND MISINFORMATION AND EXTREMISM

CRITICAL THINKING TOOLS

To teach how to critically analyse information by recognizing assumptions or implications, specially as concerns information disseminated by both traditional and social media;

PEER2PEER COMMUNICATION A CALL-TO-ACTION AGAINST EXTREMISM

To engage and reach local communities and call them to action against violent extremism.

PARTNERS

Universidade Lusófona

Will participate in the project with the Centre for Research in Applied Communication, Culture, and New Technologies (CICANT), from the School of Communication, Architecture, Arts and Information Technologies (ECATI), the Lusophone Observatory for Economic Activities (OLAE) and Religions Sciences Department.
CICANT promotes theoretical and applied research on all its subject areas, particularly focusing on knowledge transfer and exchange with industry other R&DUs at the cross of media, arts, culture and technologies.

OLAE has wide experience with local communities and vulnerable populations, particularly migrants, giving them technical assistance on a regular basis and within Human Rights field contributes with a specialized team to enrich the project.

Religions Sciences Department will contribute with deep knowledge about behaviors and fundamentals on Islamic Communities.

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Civil society leading organisation on peace and conflict resolution, working on violence prevention and peacebuilding. Their expertise on this matter helps the consortium on building up the campaigns with skilled knowledge and disseminate it to the right audiences;
Since its foundation in 2001, the Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR) has become one of the world’s leading centres for peacebuilding and prevention – supporting peace operations in communities and countries affected by conflict through training and capacity building of policy-makers, practitioners and experts in the field. Its evidence-based research and evaluation methodology helps improve policy and practice, by guiding stakeholders to identify and address the most salient conflict-contributors. For more than 15 years, the Institute has taken an active approach to counter radicalisation, violent extremism and terrorism in Europe and internationally.
Our Department of Peace Operations’ ‘Beyond Violent Extremism’ programme engages directly in communities and countries working with partners to address the root causes, drivers and dynamics of radicalization, violent extremism and polarization. The programme encompasses five EU-funded projects: TAKEDOWN – addressing the causes of, and building solutions to, terrorism and organized crime; J-SAFE – creating guidelines and toolkits to stakeholders working in the prison & probation pipeline to counter radicalisation; Do One Brave Thing – providing young people with the capacity to develop their own counter-narratives to extremism; CHAMPIONs – working with key stakeholder roundtables to counter polarisation in their communities; and RE-THINK – developing counter-narratives to far-right and Islamist extremism.

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