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Podcast: At the Feet of the Mother

As part of our series on the role of women in countering violent extremism, we collaborated with Middle East podcast Kerning Cultures on an episode about the role of mothers, told through Christianne Boudreau’s story.

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A graphic design in Arabic that reads “At the Feet of the Mother,” part of the Quranic excerpt that Boudreau references in the piece. Kerning Cultures

Early last year, we launched an in-depth series about the different ways women are affected by radicalization – as victims, perpetrators and peacemakers. In the newest installment of that series, Christianne Boudreau recounts her personal experience of losing her son Damian to radical extremism in Syria, and her quest to understand what attracts young people toward extremist ideologies.

Produced by Kerning Cultures, a podcast that dissects the complex narratives of the Middle East through stories, the episode, entitled At the Feet of the Mother, highlights why mothers are an untapped force for preventing further extremism among youth on a global scale.

Listen here.

Show Notes: Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence, Issue 2 – Evidence – Meeting of February 3, 2014 (Ottawa, Monday, February 3, 2014), Dominique Bons, Daniel Koehler, Mothers for Life, Institute for Strategic Dialogue, Extreme Dialogue, Daniel Gallant.

Update, May 2018:

The second and final episode in this mini-series, entitled “The Mountain” can be found below.

Shownotes: Produced by Jacqueline Sofia, Lilly Crown, Razan Alzayani, and Hebah Fisher, with editorial support by Yahya Abou-Ghazala. Sound design and mixing by Mohamed Khreizat. Special thanks for audio used from the Rambourg Foundation, to voice actors Mohamed El-Geish and Dina El Haddad, and to Madison Marks for helping tape sync. 

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