WORDE Trains Local Civil Society Actors in Macedonia on Developing Community Resilience

The US Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia in partnership with Democracy Lab, invited WORDE to lead interactive workshops in Skopje and Tetovo to inform civil society representatives about the threat of radicalization to violent extremism; and to exchange good practices and lessons learned from developing multi-stakeholder community resiliency initiatives. During her week-long visit, Mehreen Farooq, WORDE Vice […]

WORDE Trains East African Delegation of Civil Society and Religious Leaders

On October 23, 2017, Civilizations Exchange and Cooperation Foundation (CECF) arranged a mini workshop with WORDE for a delegation of civil society and religious leaders from East Africa as part of their Credible Voices Exchange Program. The workshop provided participants an overview of WORDE’s community-led efforts to build resilience against violent extremism and explored lessons […]

WORDE Pilots Train the Trainer Program for its Global Citizen’s Forum

Developed by WORDE, the Global Citizen Forum (GCF) is a peer gatekeeper program designed to improve youth’s help seeking behaviors to overcome challenges they may experience in their lives. Since 2014, WORDE’s International Cultural Center has facilitated GCF at various schools and community centers in Montgomery County, MD.  In 2017, Analytic Services (ANSER) initiated a […]

Egypt: Prospects & Challenges in the Fight against Radical Islamism

On September 7, 2017, WORDE hosted a private luncheon to present findings of “Empowering Egypt to Defeat Radical Islamism,” an in-depth study, exploring the current realities of religious networks in Egypt and their ability to counter extremist ideologies in a way that has global impact. The publication launch featured the report’s authors along with special guest, Ambassador Alberto Fernandez, President of […]

Radicalization of Women and their Role in Preventing Violent Extremism

On Wednesday July 12, 2017 WORDE’s Mehreen Farooq was invited to participate in a briefing on Women and Children at the Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at the State Department. Mr. Irfan Saeed, Director of the Office of Countering Violent Extremism at the U.S. Department of State, provided opening remarks and the […]

Applying Lessons Learned from Montgomery County to Foster Religious Literacy

On June 27, 2017 the State Department invited Mehreen Farooq to speak on a panel during their symposium on Teaching Religious Tolerance, Peace Studies, and Foreign Policy. The panel was coordinated by MCPD teacher, Christopher Murray, who included the symposium in his second annual week-long course on Religious Literacy for Educators. Ms. Farooq discussed WORDE’s […]

WORDE Senior Fellow Mehreen Farooq to Speak at a panel at the U.S. State Department Symposium

On June 22, 2017 the State Department has invited Mehreen Farooq to speak on a panel during their symposium on Teaching Religious Tolerance, Peace Studies, and Foreign Policy. Ms. Farooq will discuss WORDE’s holistic efforts to mobilize multiple faith communities through applied principles of social integration theory to promote social cohesion and to prevent radicalization to violent […]

Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR) showcases WORDE’s work in recent Workshop

On June 7, 2017 WORDE Senior Fellow Mehreen Farooq participated in a workshop hosted by the US Embassy and the Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR) in Tunis, Tunisia. In her presentation, Ms. Farooq discussed how NGOs promoting women’s issues can to develop effective program designs to mitigate the risk of radicalization to […]

Courageous Conversations

Courageous Conversations is an inter-generational workshop tackling issues of bullying and discrimination that WORDE pioneered in partnership with the Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative to empower youth with help seeking behaviors. Since April 2016, the program has been implemented in high schools and community centers across Montgomery County, moderated by WORDE Senior Fellow, Nouf Bazaz. In […]

Generations United Invites WORDE Senior Fellow Nouf Bazaz for a Panel on Inter-generational Programming

WORDE Senior Fellow, Nouf Bazaz, spoke at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on May 17, 2017 at an event hosted by Generations United. The event launched a report on inter-generational programs that featured WORDE’s program, Courageous Conversations. Ms. Bazaz spoke alongside Courageous Conversations partner, Hal German from the Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative.

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