Muslim women came together today to make a united stand rejecting the barbarism of the Islamic State and urge all women across the country to take the lead combating extremism in their communities.
The women, from all over the UK, declared their abhorrence of extremism and terrorism and vowed to take the lead in stopping preachers of hate preying on British children, in a commitment to protect their communities.
Organised by Inspire, a counter-extremism and human rights organisation, the event encouraged Muslim women to unite as one voice against ISIS.
Home secretary Theresa May, speaking at the campaign launch, said: “It is an honour to stand alongside Muslim women who gathered together from across the UK today to challenge extremism and terrorism.
“Women can play a unique and powerful role in combating the extremist threat here and abroad, taking the lead in stopping preachers of hate from preying on young people.
“It is a job for us all to challenge hatred and extremism wherever we find it. I am honoured to support a campaign which asks Muslim women to make a stand and help to build stable and peaceful communities.”
Speaking at the launch, founder of Inspire Sara Khan said: “We are British Muslim women – proud of who we are – British and Muslim. We cherish the values of peace, democracy, citizenship, and human rights. As women we know our role in challenging extremism is essential.
So today, as part of our communities and within our own families we call on everyone to join us in making a stand and challenging extremists in our communities, on television, in our societies and online.
We call on all women to join us and say that we will not tolerate this barbaric ideology. We will not tolerate our children being groomed by these terrorists.
That’s why we’re all here today to launch our own ‘jihad against violence’.”
The launch of #MakingAStand comes in the wake of widespread reporting of atrocities committed by ISIS, and their most recent call for Muslims to commit murders in the streets of Western countries opposing the Islamic State.
Women looking to take part are being encouraged to do so by tweeting a picture of themselves to #MakingAStand. They can also register their interest and find out more by visiting website www.wewillinspire.com