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British Embassy help to train Kyrgyz women in Islamic communities

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The training focused on increasing women’s awareness of different aspects of countering violent religious extremism.

June 11-13 – Search for Common Ground in cooperation with the Muftiate of Kyrgyzstan and with the support of the British Embassy Bishkek held training for 50 women active in Islamic communities in the south of the country. The training focused on increasing women’s awareness of different aspects of countering violent religious extremism, including the essence of religious extremism and terrorism from the point of view of Islamic Law, the role and place of women in Islam and tolerance of other religions in Islam.

The event was moderated by the Deputy Muftiy of Kyrgyzstan Ravshan ajy Eratov. Among the trainers were representatives of Muftiate, 10th Department of Ministry of Interior, State Committee for National Security and State Commission for Religious Affairs. British Embassy staff were honoured to have been invited to participate.

Women activists at the training
Women activists at the training

The event was held in the training centre of the Sulaiman-Too Mosque to enable participants to observe their daytime namaz (prayer).

A similar event will be held in Bishkek on 16-19 June for women activists of northern Kyrgyzstan.

The event is part of a larger two-year project entitled “Strengthening Capacity to Prevent Violent Religious Extremism”, where state institutions and religious leaders effectively work together to prevent Islamist radicalisation and promote positive uses of Islam in resolving conflicts.