Kyrgyzstan: Fighting prejudice one hijab at a time

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Social Experiment: How I was Wearing Headscarf in Tashkent for One Week

Louisa Atabaeva 22.02.19

A journalist based in Tashkent, Louiza Atabayeva, was wearing a headscarf for a week and told what it was like to hold business meetings, travel by underground, meet boyfriend’s friends and hear personal insults when you wear a headscarf.
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New media culture and information literacy as an early warning of radicalization of youth

The ability to distinguish extremist propaganda, violent media-leading xenophobia and hate speech in information consumed will help young users to become resistant to radical narratives.

The report “New Media Culture and Information Literacy as an Early Warning of the Radicalization of Youth” offers recommendations and educational methods for training young users.

Divorce, Islam and me: ‘I will for ever be the woman who left two husbands’

I was 19 the first time marriage was mentioned. My mother told me about a young man whose family had expressed an interest in me, and then she promptly left the house. The realisation that I was of marriageable age was clearly as difficult for her as it was surprising to me. I was a geeky young woman who had never even shaken hands with a man, let alone had a boyfriend. I’d attended an all-girls Catholic school before opting to study science at university. My life was Malcolm X and Maya Angelou, X-Men and Spider-Man; summers were spent at my nani’s house in Karachi, and winters trudging through Yorkshire snow. Bespectacled before it was cool, I was short-sighted in more ways than one, young enough to believe that good things happened to good people. (more…)

Violent Extremism and Terrorism Online in 2018: The Year in Review

This report treats developments in the violent extremist and terrorist online scenes in the 12-month period from 1 December 2017 to 30 November 2018. (more…)

Is the Introduction of Religious Studies in Kazakh Schools a Necessity or Excessiveness?

«To achieve the goals set by the authorities of Kazakhstan, religious studies in schools should not become an ordinary school subject for the sole purpose of acquiring new knowledge, but should lead to an increase in tolerance among the youth and unity through diversity», – notes an independent researcher Meruert Seidumanova in her article written specifically for analytical platform cabar.asia. 

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Kyrgyzstan: Hijab Not an Obstacle to Success

The young people of Kyrgyzstan think the situation of religious freedom and conditions for the Muslim population in the country are better than in neighbouring states of Central Asia.
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Gulmira Birzhanova: Kazak Media Avoid Writing about Terrorism and Extremism

“Last year Kazakstan adopted many legislation amendments, including law on media, which recognises some statements as propaganda. It means that journalists preparing some material now should think whether it will be taken as propaganda,” said Gulmira Birzhanova, lawyer of Legal Media Centre, in the interview to cabar.asia.
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Preventing violent extremism through education in Uganda

This updated report is an evaluation of the results, practices, challenges and lessons learned of a Preventing Violent Extremism through Education (PVE-E) workshop hosted by Hedayah, UNESCO IICBA, UNESCO office in Kampala, and the Ministry of Education and Sport of the Republic of Uganda in Kampala, Uganda from 23-25 January 2018. (more…)

Planned changes in the legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic in the field of religious freedom (video)

NGO Search for common ground presents a webinar on the topic: “Planned changes in the legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic in the field of religious freedom”

Speaker: Gulshayir Abdirasulova, an expert on human rights. (more…)