Women without Borders (WwB) has been strengthening local, national, and global security through contextualised iterations of its pioneering ‘MotherSchools: Parenting for Peace’ Model since 2013. This bottom-up security approach positions concerned and affected mothers to address the dangers of extremism in their homes and communities while fostering dialogue between local stakeholders and higher-level decision-makers. Owing to the central role of MotherSchools Teachers in delivering the Curriculum, WwB will organise a four-day international MotherSchools train-the-trainer summit that connects new and veteran MotherSchools Teachers in order to build up local capacity and strengthen WwB’s parenting for peace network. The summit will culminate in the first Austrian MotherSchools graduation ceremony and conclude with a public event on International Women’s Day, entitled ‘The Global Mothers Security Exchange’.

Since 2013, Women without Borders (WwB) has been strengthening local, national, and global security through contextualised iterations of its pioneering ‘MotherSchools: Parenting for Peace’ Model. This bottom-up security approach positions concerned and affected mothers to address the dangers of extremism in their homes and communities while fostering dialogue between local stakeholders and higher-level decision-makers. WwB forges partnerships with local organisations to contextualise and embed the programme in vulnerable regions, and it provides essential training, guidance, and ongoing mentorship throughout. Together with a local implementing partner (LIP), WwB identifies individuals from professional pools within the community (such as social workers, teachers, and psychologists) to become MotherSchools Teachers. Following WwB’s rigorous vetting process and multi-day training, successful candidates assume the role of Teachers and support the implementation process.

Owing to the central role of MotherSchools Teachers in delivering the Curriculum, WwB decided to organise a four-day international MotherSchools train-the-trainer summit that will convene together twenty-two representatives from Sweden, Belgium, England, Kashmir, and Nigeria in Vienna. This exchange, supported by the Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs, seeks to connect new and veteran MotherSchools Teachers in order to build up local capacity and strengthen WwB’s Parenting for Peace network. The summit will culminate in the first Austrian MotherSchools graduation ceremony and conclude with a public event on International Women’s Day, entitled ‘The Global Mothers Security Exchange’.

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