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24. November 2012

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Your Mother

Film by Sisters Against Violent Extremism

We have seen over and over again that in cases of war, insecurity, terrorism, and violence, women are often the first victims, and they tend to pay the highest price. But women are driven to protect their families and to safeguard their daily lives, so they are best-placed to be a new, committed, creative force for stability in our communities. At the same time, they hold key strategic positions in their communities, as mothers, educators, and community activists and leaders.

Mothers are usually those who feel the need to protect their families and communities most urgently. Mothers are a constant in the lives of their children, dedicated to ensuring their physical and emotional wellbeing. Around the world, the role of the mother is acknowledged and respected, and we must now recognize and apply this incredible resource to the stability and security space.

“Your Mother” captures the stories of mothers in Palestine, France and the UK whose children have committed acts of violent extremism, or who intended to do so. These brave women discuss how their children’s choices have destroyed their and their families’ lives. Looking into their mothers’ faces, sons and daughters will realize that acts of terrorism will not lead to glory, but rather the devastation of those they love most.

Watching this film, we hope that other mothers will feel empowered to take action to protect their own families. “Your Mother” is intended as a tool for those in communities who are able to drive change in a tangible and effective way. We hope that it will prompt meaningful conversations at a grass roots level around terrorism, radicalization, and the importance of women in preventing it.

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Click here to read biographies of the mothers who participated in this film.


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