Mothers Without Borders: Steering Youth Away from Violent Extremism

Date: March 7, 2019 • 12:40 - 1:30 p.m.
Presenter: Hauwa Ibrahim, J.D., S.J.D., M.L.
Location: Clapp Library Lecture Room, Wellesley College

Mothers Without Borders: Steering Youth Away from Violent Extremism

In 2014, Hauwa Ibrahim, J.D., S.J.D., M.L., was appointed by President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria to serve on the Presidential Committee working to rescue the 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram from Chibok in northern Nigeria. The rescue effort brought Dr. Ibrahim face-to-face with members of Boko Haram and their mothers. This experience led to the development of Mothers Without Borders -- Dr. Ibrahim’s initiative to challenge extremist ideologies through the “soft power” of mothers. The initiative was further informed by Dr. Ibrahim’s year-long work in Jordan to understand the strategies mothers use to slow down or prevent the recruitment of their children by Da’ash (ISIL/ISIS).

During this presentation, Dr. Ibrahim will discuss her hands-on work in several countries, especially in West Africa and the Middle East, focusing on the “soft power” of mothers and women to tame the rising tide of terrorism and extremism while fostering a culture of peace, security, and reconciliation. She will share the short, medium, and long term goals of Mothers Without Borders, which ultimately aims to defeat the ideology of terror.

Dr. Ibrahim is a visiting scholar at the Wellesley Centers for Women and president of the Peace Institute. Prior to joining WCW, she was a visiting lecturer at Harvard Divinity School and a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study as well as Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program and Islamic Legal Studies Program. She is a lawyer, author, mother, and recipient of the European Parliament’s 2005 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.


For those who are unable to attend in person, this program will be streamed live on Facebook and the video will be archived on our website.

This is a program of the Lunchtime Seminar Series at the Wellesley Centers for Women, which is free and open to the public. Tea and coffee will be provided. Parking for this program is available in the Davis Parking Facility. For accessibility questions, contact Disability Services at Wellesley College.

For questions or to confirm program lineup: wcw@wellesley.edu \ 781.283.2500

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