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The Raqīb Taskforce is a Muslim-led, diverse organisation that builds social inclusion through engagement across the Australian community by a range of means including: outreach to young people at risk of isolation, criminality and ultimately violent extremism; facilitation of contact with positive role models; and the formulation and communication of a counter-extremist narrative.
This is delivered by community role models and ‘champions’ in a manner designed to dispel extremist messages that exist within the public domain. Through its people, programs and particularly the champions it seeks to build in the community, The Raqīb Taskforce bridges the worlds of young people and social inclusion, and provides uniquely well-informed and nuanced thinking and approaches.
Extreme ideologies surface in all societies, regardless of ethnicity, religion and ideology. A key measure of a resilient society is its ability to counter this tendency and, through humane non-persecutory public policy and culture change, to prevent these emerging ideas from evolving and taking violent form. This is ultimately the aim of the Raqīb Taskforce.
We, Raqīb Taskforce, have been collaborating with Google to produce counter-narrative to online expressions of extremism that are not limited to modern day nation-state boundaries. We would create videos and podcasts which would be developed by young Muslims for young people in Australia but also the viewers will also be international.
Getting the methods of response right is critical, and will require rigorous, evidence-based debunking of ill-informed or manipulative hate speech. Currently, there’s an insufficient amount of positive, well-educated voices in the public space to promote a successful counternarrative. The majority is indeed silent.
Through our media partners – YouTube, Google Australia, Love Frankie, FYA, Vice and AFTRS , we communicate our key message:
We are protected by cohesion, not division