Tag: PVE

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke speaks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors on the SCN and new Council against Extremism and Hate

Steering Committee Mayor Andy Berke of Chattanooga, TN, gave his resounding support for the Strong Cities Network at the winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors last month. In a session devoted to the discussion of gun violence and hate crimes, mayors from Annapolis, Maryland, Parkland, Florida, Charleston, South Carolina, Pittsburgh and Chattanooga shared…
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Prevention Networks in Lebanon spearhead a theological approach to bolster local PVE efforts

The SCN’s work in three cities in Lebanon has focused on several issues aimed at preventing violent extremism by consolidating social cohesion and raising awareness of the dangers of violent extremism at the local level. Three grassroots-owned municipal Prevention Networks (PNs) were established to coordinate local PVE efforts between the mayor and the local communities.[1]…
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Interview with Dave Fortier of One World Strong Foundation

Founded by survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings, One World Strong is an international network of survivors of violent extremism who have experienced and overcome significant injuries and trauma, often with life-changing consequences, and offer support to other survivors. This April the inaugural One World Marathon aims to bring people from around the world…
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Tripoli Express: Art and Theatre against Hate

Combining art and personal experience, the Tripoli Express Project brings together youth to discuss and work through their struggles via creative mediums. As part of the Prevention Network of Tripoli’s plan for 2018, the activity aims to build the capacity of underprivileged youths previously exposed to conflict through a multi-session theatre training exploring questions of…
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Mombasa and Kristiansand leaders sign Memorandum of Understanding

On 22 November, Governor Hassan Ali Joho of Mombasa, Kenya, and Deputy Mayor Jørgen Kristiansen of Kristiansand, Norway, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The signing ceremony took place on the margins of a city exchange between Kristiansand and Mombasa. This is a significant milestone for the two cities, coming out of the efforts of…
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Lebanon: Saida Scouts and UNRWA organise closing ceremony for PVE Training

As part of its series of annual Strong Cities Network activities, the Saida Community Prevention Network (CPN) organised a closing ceremony following the successful delivery of two Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) trainings. The first brought together Scout leaders representing the different Scout associations in the city, while the second training was delivered to teachers…
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Young Cities hold Youth Innovation Lab in Mombasa, Kenya

After Tunisia, Jordan and Lebanon, Kenya saw its first Young Cities Youth Innovation lab take place in Mombasa from 19 – 21 November. Young Cities unites efforts from ISD’s Youth Civil Activism Network (YouthCAN) and Strong Cities Network (SCN), and is an integrated training and support programme for young activists and municipal policymakers and practitioners….
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Strong Cities Network launches two new Online Training Modules

The Strong Cities Network has launched two new online training modules, focusing on Polarisation and Local Risk Assessment. Module 3: Polarisation This training module aims to inform practitioners about polarisation and its wider implications in the sphere of violent extremism. Intended as an introduction, the module also covers hate crime, hate-speech and dangerous speech, and aims to…
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SCN-IRI Event in the Western Balkans

In November 2018, the Strong Cities Network convened over 40 representatives from the SCN’s Western Balkan cities, including ten mayors and deputy mayors at the Western Balkans Resiliency Forum in Budva, Montenegro. The forum was hosted by the International Republican Institute (IRI) in partnership with SCN and supported by the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization…
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Lebanon: Strong Cities dialogue session with the National PVE unit

Last week, the Strong Cities Network, in partnership with the National PVE Coordinator of Lebanon and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, hosted a consultation meeting with Community Prevention Network members of Saida, Majdal Anjar and Tripoli. The meeting was headed by the National PVE coordinator, Rubina Abou Zeinab, and was conducted in the presence…
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