K(no)w Extremism project aimed at introducing the participants to the essential concepts, mindsets as well as the skills sets associated with countering violent extremism. Via training courses, participants explored the role of peace-building activities and conflict transformation both in addessing and preventing extremist violence, and further, developed the conceptual foundation in Online counter-extremists narratives campaigns.
The former allowed participants to grasp the complexity of conflict and violence in the lens of peace-building within the multicultural society context by viewing conflict transformation and violence prevention from peacebuilding perspective. For extremism to exist, there must be conflicts and/or differences that have not been or are not being addressed in the proper way, thus, the failure to transform or resolve those conflicts or differences is what lead to extremist violence.
The latter recognises the multiple forms of counter-narrative campaigns that are essential to developing sustainable solutions toward hate speech: in our context, counter-narratives are understood as the strategically constructed storylines that are projected and nurtured through strategic communications and messaging activities with the intention to undermine the appeal of extremist narratives and hate speech of extremist groups through a wide range of social media.
Thus, the project consisted of two training courses, which allowed participants to ultimately, enhance the effectiveness of addressing and/or preventing extremism through peace-building interventions and enhance analysis on creating counter messages and counter-narratives that challenge gendered grievances; and hate speech in preventing extremist narratives.