‘We’re making a stand against extremism’

Inspire's Sara Khan with Dr Nazia Khanum at the Luton launch of #MakingAStand
Inspire's Sara Khan with Dr Nazia Khanum at the Luton launch of #MakingAStand

She was speaking yesterday (February 25) at the Luton launch of the #MakingAStand campaign, held in partnership with Luton Women’s Network Against Violence and Extremism (LWNAVE).

Ms Khan said: “The recent case of the three schoolgirls, believed to have fled to Syria to join Isis, highlights just why our campaign is so important.

“And women have an incredibly important role to play in challenging extremism. They’re at the forefront of the battle.

“Mothers have got to go with their gut instinct and rely on their intuition when things aren’t right. They’ve got to open up that conversation with their children to counter extremist rhetoric.

“They have to recognise the signs, make a stand and take the lead.

“We’ve got to understand the threat of terrorism and equip ourselves to fight it.”

The mother-of-two, who’s had death threats against her family, refuses to be intimidated by the “extremists and misogynyists” who want to put a stop to the campaign.

She said: “I believe in the old British tradition of keeping calm and carrying on.”

Ms Khan is keen to create a national network of women who believe passionately in #MakingAStand which was launched last year by Home Secretary Theresa May.

LWNAVE’s Dr Nazia Khanum OBE said: “We’ve got to be aware if our children are spending a lot of time on the internet or their grades are dropping. The lure of extremism is an abusive process that will ruin their potential.

“Fear divides communities and we need responsible people from all walks of life to come forward to see what can be done on common ground.”

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