Inclusive democratic participation, a tool for combating and preventing violent extremism

Inclusive democratic participation represents a tool in the fight and prevention against violent extremism, assured, Wednesday in Rabat, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad, Nasser Bourita.

“Inclusive democratic participation today represents not only a tool for the promotion and improvement of democracy, but also a means of combating and preventing violent extremism”, underlined Mr. Bourita in a speech at the opening. a global conference on “Inclusive democratic participation to prevent and counter violent extremism”. Highlighting the need to federate efforts to strengthen cohesion and help local actors consolidate their resilience in the face of conflicts and divisions, Mr. Bourita said that it is not enough to fight against violent extremism but that it must also be prevented.

Indeed, he said, this prevention requires the implementation of several tools, including the empowerment of young people and the promotion of education, the integration of women in initiatives to fight against violent extremism. and leveraging media and social networks to play a key role in preventing violent extremism.

After highlighting the threat that violent extremism poses to young people, “privileged targets of recruitment strategies”, Mr. Bourita warned that security responses were insufficient, did not make it possible to tackle the many factors under- that fuel violent extremism and lead this category to rally to violent extremist groups. Faced with such threats, Mr. Bourita underlined the importance of the “soft power” of quality, relevant, inclusive and equitable education, as well as the imperative to integrate a gender perspective into prevention initiatives. violent extremism.

In the same vein, the Minister stressed the importance of the full participation of women in the decision-making process in matters of security as well as the essential role of the media and social networks in prevention. violent extremism, especially for young people. Regarding the efforts made by the Kingdom to fight against violent extremism, Mr. Bourita noted that Morocco has put in place an ambitious policy of fight and prevention against this scourge, having contributed in the medium and long terms to a inclusive democratic participation.

Morocco, under the impetus of a strong policy led by HM King Mohammed VI, has made the consolidation of democracy, and more particularly inclusive democratic participation, the cornerstone of building a modern society. and democratic. The Kingdom’s deep conviction is that there could be no development without stability and stability without democracy, he said. Also, the multiple reforms initiated within the framework of the Royal High Vision on the constitutional, legislative and regulatory levels all converge towards the achievement of an inclusive democratic participation, more particularly of women and young people and this, on the basis of the common base. international human rights instruments. “Our country is in the process of finalizing its first National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, in application of Security Council resolution 1325 and on the basis of an inclusive and participatory approach involving all ministerial departments concerned, “said Mr. Bourita. More than a simple checkbox in the list of obligations arising from this resolution, this action plan is intended to be a real transformation tool aimed at channeling efforts to strengthen the resilience of women in the face of emerging threats in an environment increasingly complex regional and international level, he explained. This action plan will serve, according to Mr. Bourita, as a framework for the convergence of policies in the fields of preventive diplomacy, mediation, peacekeeping, the promotion of a culture of peace and equality and economic participation of women. In the Minister’s opinion, Morocco’s dynamic process of human rights and democratic reforms continues to help prevent violent extremism and radical rhetoric. The work of the Global Conference on Inclusive Democratic Participation to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism, which is being held in hybrid mode, opened in Rabat on Wednesday.

Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad, in partnership with the Community of Democracies (CdD), the National Human Rights Council (CNDH) and the Rabita Mohammadia of the Ulema , this meeting is intended to be a platform for exchange around the challenges and best practices in the prevention and fight against violent extremism, through inclusive democratic participation. In addition to Mr. Bourita, the inaugural session of this meeting took place in the presence of the President of the CNDH, Ms. Amina Bouayach and the Secretary General of the Community of Democracies, Thomas E. Garrett, and with the participation, in virtual mode, the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, and the Secretary General of the Rabita Mohammadia of the Ulemas, Ahmed Abbadi.

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