Kalsoom Bashir will be joining Counter Terrorism Senior National Coordinator (SNC) Helen Ball, in hosting a UK-wide webchat at 12:00hrs on Sunday 08 March as part of International Woman’s Day, to discuss and take questions about the worrying trend of young women putting themselves and children in grave danger by travelling to Syria, leaving their families devastated.  You can take part in the webchat here: http://www.met.police.uk/Syria/

Kalsoom explains further why such initiatives are important:

As a parent of both daughters and sons I have witnessed this last few weeks with an aching heart  the anguish of parents who have lost children to the barbaric state ISIS.

I have seen the parents of the three young girls from London who have been reported to have left for Syria appealing for their return and this week heard the voices of the  mother and father of the convicted science  teacher from Manchester in a recording. They make heartfelt appeals to him to turn his back on those extremists that are not only persuading young people to turn their back on their families but murdering with brutality anybody that gets in their way be they men women or children.

In Bristol, my home city we have seen another 15 year old who has left, leaving behind as in all the other cases a devastated family and community.

This is something that can no longer be ignored and it is clear that safeguarding our children from extremists is not something that can be managed by police and security services alone.

Resilience to extremist ideologies must be started at home and we must begin to have conversations with our children  to protect them from the lure and pull of ideological and sexual grooming that  ISIS is using to attract victims to its cause. These victims are getting younger and will now be in a situation where they may not be able to return. This is the harsh reality.

I can only imagine the pain that parents that have lost children are going through but I can resolve to make a stand against extremism and protect my children and communities.

I will be joining  Counter Terrorism Senior National Coordinator (SNC) Helen Ball,who is hosting a UK-wide webchat at 12:00pm on Sunday 08 March as part of International Woman’s Day. Alongside other colleagues from policing I will be part of an all female panel, to discuss and take questions about the worrying trend of young women putting themselves and children in grave danger by travelling to Syria, leaving their families devastated.

We have made the following resolution:

“We care deeply about the well-being of women and girls throughout the world. We reject the degrading treatment of women by terrorist organisations. We seek to prevent the tragedies caused by it.

“We declare that women and girls should not be subject to forced or bogus marriage, raped, held in slavery, denied education or encouraged to put themselves and their children in danger.

“Men and women who do these things to others are to be condemned.

“We resolve to work together and would like to invite others who want to work with us to join us to end the malign influence and abuse that diminishes the potential and lives of women.”

Police and partners want to ensure that people, particularly women, who are concerned about their loved ones are given enough information about where they can get support. You can reach specially trained people for help and advice by calling 101. 101 call handlers throughout the UK have been briefed

You can also pledge your support on the MPS Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/metpoliceuk

We are increasingly concerned about the numbers of young women who have or are intending to travel to Syria. It is an extremely dangerous place and the reality of the lifestyle they are greeted with when they arrive is far from that promoted online by foreign terrorist groups. The option of returning home is often taken away from them, leaving families at home devastated and with very few options to secure a safe return for their loved one.

We want to increase their confidence in the police and partners to encourage them to come forward at the earliest opportunity so that we can intervene and help.

This is not about criminalising people it is about preventing tragedies…

Find out more and join us on Sunday;




#Preventtragedies 2015 webchat


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