Study by CREDIF calls on state to show more firmness in fight against violent extremism

A study by the Centre for Research, Studies, Documentation and Information on Women (CREDIF) entitled “The role of women and youth in the prevention of violent extremism” has called on the state to show more firmness in the fight against Takfiri ideas, organised crime and human trafficking.

The study, presented at a seminar held Friday in Tunis, highlighted the state’s laxity in dealing with cases related to extremism, organised crime and human trafficking, despite the seriousness of these phenomena that threaten young people and the future of the country.

In a statement to TAP, Thouraya Belkahia, Director General of CREDIF, said this study aims to develop the capacity of social actors among youth and women at the local level on how to prevent violent extremism.

“This study is based on a psychological and social approach, within the framework of fieldwork and interviews with several groups of women and representatives of the government and civil society in all governorates of the country,” she said.

The director of CREDIF stressed the need to consolidate the family as an institution so that it can play its role in protecting children, and to introduce reforms in the education and higher education system.

She stressed the role of the media in raising awareness of the importance of respecting others and putting an end to violent and segregating programmes that undermine human dignity and the principle of coexistence.

For her part, Minister for the Family, Women, Children and the Seniors, Amel Belhaj Moussa, said that a pilot space for family support will soon be opened in Slatinia (Sidi Bouzid governorate), with an estimated budget of 4 MD.

She said that this building, which will house spaces for family care, mothers and the seniors and others for leisure activities, is part of the programme to create pilot spaces for family care (2023-2025), which includes 11 governorates.

Moussa announced that the construction of a similar space for family care will begin in the coming weeks in Mahdia governorate.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse