At RAN Practitioners we are mindful to support practitioners to both understand and address the full range of existing P/CVE challenges which we collectively face and to anticipate future challenges. However, while our focus is on bringing practitioners together to share insights, ideas and good practices, it is also important to sometimes take a moment to take stock of what practitioners practically need to do their work. At a time when practitioners seemingly face a plethora of challenges – as a result of events such as the Covid-19 crisis and the Ukraine war – we take a look at whether practitioners are sufficiently and properly equipped to tackle them. In this edition of the RAN Practitioners Update, we feature the latest episode of our podcast series, RAN in Focus, which hears from three leading practitioners who discuss this very topic. If you would like to contribute to the discussion, please do get in touch.
The latest episode of RAN Practitioners’ podcast series, ‘RAN in Focus’, takes a holistic look at the current status of the practitioner environment in Europe today and the P/CVE landscape they have to operate in. The podcast hears from three leading experts from the RAN Practitioners network, including Angela Antonova, the co-chair of the Families, Communities and Social Care Working Group, Jean-Philippe Fons, the co-chair of Youth and Education Working Group, and Kelly Simcock, a former Working Group lead.
In 2021, we took a look at some of the evolving and ‘emerging threats’ which practitioners face today. In a RAN Spotlight publication, RAN practitioners and Working Group leads shared their views, insights and work in addressing some of these threats. These include emerging violent right-wing extremism (VRWE) accelerationism narratives, a look into the new and quietly developing violent Incel movement, as well as lone actors in an increasingly transformed digital world.
An episode of RAN Practitioners’ podcast series, ‘RAN in Focus’, takes a look at gender in P/CVE, including some of the gender dynamics within violent Islamist and violent right-wing extremism. The podcast hears from three leading academics and experts, including Katherine Brown, from the University of Birmingham, Eviane Leidig, from the International Centre for Counter Terrorism, and Christian Mogensen, an expert in gender-related issues from a male perspective.
‘Extremists’ Targeting of Young Women on Social Media and Lessons for P/CVE’ is the title of a recent paper by RAN Practitioners. It explores which narratives and strategies are used by right-wing (RWE) and Islamist extremist (IE) actors to lure and recruit young women and girls to (violent) extremism. The paper identifies implications for P/CVE in order to better prevent and counter extremists’ online targeting of women and girls.
On 7th June 2022, the European Commission and UNDP are jointly hosting an EU-UN Strategic Dialogue, on the utilisation of online data for the prevention of violent extremism (PVE). The event will explore different risk-informed approaches to addressing the growing threat of online radicalisation and the spread of terrorist content online, including monitoring, data analysis - which can inform programmes that aim to prevent the appeal of violent extremists while protecting individuals’ freedom of speech and rights to privacy in the digital space - and content removal. The event is open to practitioners, civil society organisations (CSOs), experts in the field and tech companies.
For more information on all planned meetings over the coming months of 2022 please go to the RAN Practitioners website.
- Stockholm, Sweden
- External event
Manifesto for Education 2nd Edition, 2021
A ‘manifesto’, published by RAN Practitioners in April 2022, describes the nature of the extremism challenges in the education system across Europe today. The ‘manifesto’, which is the second edition of a manifesto published in 2015, reviews progress made to date, identifies areas for further development and details new or developing themes for consideration. The paper serves as a call to action for practitioners in education and youth work.
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