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Government to set up Young
Muslims Group
The British government has to express their thoughts and
announced it is to give young concerns directly to those who
Muslim a bigger role in taking make policy,” she said.
forward its Preventing Violent The aim of the consultative
Extremism agenda. group, made up of 20 young
“We’ve got nearly a Muslims aged 16-21, was
million Muslims under the said to reflect the diversity of
age of 25 living in the UK Muslim communities across
today. They’ve got a huge England and to participate in
contribution to make both an ongoing and meaningful
within their communities and dialogue with the government
wider society,” Communities on their experience.
Secretary Hazel Blears said. As yet another initiative them in developing effective experience has shown that
Announcing nominations for of the government counter- ways to tackle the causes of young Muslims are the most
a Young Muslims’ Consultative terrorism strategy, it is to extremism.” vulnerable to being drawn into
Group last month, Blears include the causes of violent The group was wanted to violent extremism - particularly
said there huge contribution extremism and its impact represent the views of their between the ages of 16-24.
was to stand up to “prejudice on young people and their peers and play a leadership The initiative comes after
in all its forms, whether it’s communities. role, so that “every young the government created a
the poison of the far right or Children and Families person feel a part of their National Muslim Women’s
violent extremists.” Secretary Ed Balls maintained society, and support them Advisory group that was
“The Young Muslims’ it was “vital that we in to become more resilient to criticized for similarly being
Consultative Group is about Government listen directly those who seek to divide created only as part of the
taking our engagement with to what young people have rather than unite,” Balls said. government’s counter-
this important group to the next to say about their lives in The Department of terrorism agenda rather than
level and ensuring that young Britain, and the issues they Communities and Local the positive contribution it can
people have the opportunity are facing, and to work with Government argued that play.
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