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:Call for 'feminised' approach to tackling terrorismMuslim women could play a vital role in tackling terrorism in the UK and abroad, a study by the thinktank Demos claimed today.
The report argues that the "bridge building" and communication abilities of women should be better harnessed as a force for good in Muslim communities following the London bombings.
The study, entitled Hearts and Minds, calls for Muslim community women's groups, or "mothers' meetings", to be encouraged and given funds by the government. It says such groups could become intermediaries with public bodies, and "forums where issues and grievances within the community are raised and resolved".
The authors, conflict resolution experts Scilla Elworthy and Gabrielle Rifkind, also argue for more "feminised" security services, with more women police officers and intelligence agents. Following the July 7 attacks, they call for officials to ensure that the police and other public agencies also employ women liaison officers "to act as a point of contact with women in Muslim communities".