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The report, entitled ‘Counter-terrorism in the NHS’, found that a number of NHS staff are unaware of how to implement the Prevent initiative, corresponding with findings by the BMJ, and adds to already well-established concerns about the counter-terrorism programme.
Mark Rowley, Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer, has criticised technology and social media firms for their lack of commitment in countering the online terrorist threat. Isis’ recent emphasis on supporters carrying out ‘lone wolf attacks’ has made the phenomenon an increasing reality, and some Islamic communities are taking theological steps to counter this threat.
A January article from the Spectator discusses the emergence of two distinct Muslim cultures in Britain. Cohen writes of the reaction to St Stephen’s primary school in Newham banning the wearing of the headscarf for girls under the age of eight, drawing links to issues of Muslim engagement with public life and counter-extremism efforts in the UK.
The report examines women’s involvement with radicalisation and violent extremism in the EU, programmes in place to prevent and counter this, and the role of women themselves in these programmes.