Interactive Dialogue - Nexus between Intolerance & Violent Extremism
Social Policy and Development Centre (SPDC) organized an interactive dialogue titled; “Nexus between intolerance and violent extremism,” on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Avari Towers, Karachi.
The dialogue was the first in the series of informed and interactive dialogues on countering violent extremism (CVE) in Pakistan. The project aims to increase understanding of violent extremism related issues by government representatives and different stakeholders, and increase capacity of civil society to organize and advocate for CVE and therefore contribute to increased broad-based citizen engagement in community decision making.
Representatives of the Government and Civil Society along with youth activists, journalists and religious leaders participated in the dialogue. Distinct stakeholders shared their views on main influencers of VE, changes in VE trends and actors in the past few years, connection of intolerance and VE, importance of exposure to diverse opinions and interaction with people from different backgrounds. Recommendations on how tolerance-building can deter VE were also discussed.