On Tuesday, June 9, Meridian was honored to co-host, along with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Visitors, an intimate reception to celebrate a group of Women Preventing Violent Extremism. Meridian’s Senior Vice President of GlobalConnect, Bonnie Glick, was joined by Mara Tekach, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Professional and Cultural Exchanges in sharing welcome remarks with the group. The reception offered guests the opportunity to share diverse perspectives and engage in thoughtful conversation on the priorities for the global movement to prevent violent extremism. The audience included State Department representatives, an IV group of Swedish Police Officers, and Board Members and members of the CWL Leadership Team Janet Blanchard and Michele Manatt.
Developed in partnership with the Institue for Strategic Dialogue (ISD - London), this two-week exchange project will examine the growing threat of terrorism and extremist organizations, and the role of women within those organizations. The goals for this program include fostering innovation around how to effectively counter violent extremism; examining the role of social media and its use to effectively counter extremist messaging; and establishing a global knowledge network to develop strategies for ongoing cooperation and collaboration in this field.
Countries represented by this group include Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, Georgia, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Maldives, Morocco, Norway, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Poland, Slovenia, and Switzerland.