Multi-faith forum

24 Oct, 2018

At the invitation of Relationships Australia WA and the State Government's Intervention Program, faith leaders gathered together for a multi-faith forum on the issue of preventing and countering violent extremism. The forum was held on Thursday 11th October at the University Club of Western Australia and the main objectives were:

- to engage faith leaders in a discussion about how the community and government can work together to build community resilience against violent extremism and increase social cohesion.

- to articulate a common understanding of what violent extremism is, what it is not and gain an awareness of resources available to support community members’ efforts to prevent violent extremism.

Through their presentations, panel members from various faiths generated discussion and questions around the impact of violent extremism on communities. A number of suggestions were made about what could be done to foster more knowledge and a sense of unity with regard to community responses to this issue.

The presentation by the coordinator of the State Government's Intervention Program, known as Kata Path, served to inform participants about the strategies in place to engage with those at the risk of radicalisation towards violent extremism.

It was a productive day full of positive interaction. Many of the faith leaders expressed appreciation for the opportunity to meet together to discuss this topic and hoped that there would be more forums on this issue in the future.

Multi faith forum

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