Violent extremism is a broad concept that includes violent actions committed by radicalized people such as terrorist acts, political violence or violent acts of hatred. The purpose of these acts is to achieve political, ideological, religious, social or even economic goals. The great challenge we face is how to confront this threat coming from religious, cultural, social or political intolerance that supports these violent actions.
Violent extremists are created, trained and encouraged. There is no single cause and no single path to the process of radicalization. Violent extremism is shaped by a wide range of factors. Nor is there a perfect solution or model for combating it. Therefore, there is a need for “persuasive power” in its various forms, introducing new narratives in social networks and other strategies, in order to prevent this threat.
In order to stop the process of extremist radicalization, it is necessary to always start from the fulfillment and defense of human rights, the rule of law, respect for all ethnic, cultural, religious or gender differences, as well as to bet on education in values, coexistence, peace and the empowerment of youth as fundamental elements to combat violence.