A group of Austria based group of women graduates from Chechnya and their trainers, Edit Schlaffer, Julia Kerbl (L) and Maynat Kurbanova (c) of the so called "motherschool" pos for a picture on March 8, 2013 in Vienna. AFP / Dieter Nagl
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Ezzarhouni is one of the members of a global project that fights extremism not with soldiers, but with mums.The so-called Mother Schools teach Muslim women how to spot early signs of radicalization in children or develop coping mechanisms if the intervention comes too late.The Vienna-based Women Without Borders organization created the initiative in close cooperation with anti-terrorism experts of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, also headquartered in the Austrian capital.In February, WWB organized its first training session for the new initiative in Indonesia, home to the world's largest Muslim population.Ezzarhouni said she first heard about the initiative from another Belgian mother, Saliha Ben Ali, whose 19-year-old son Sabri died in Syria three years ago.Both Ezzarhouni and Ben Ali recently attended a Mother Schools workshop in Vienna, which united Muslim women from around the globe to share their experiences and receive training on engaging their communities back home.Participants included the first 15 graduates from Austria's own Mother School.The women all belonged to the country's 30,000-strong Chechen community, which has lost dozens of young people to Daesh.
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