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HARDWIRED GLOBAL RELEASES WHITE PAPER ON NORTHERN NIGERIA:

Hardwired Networks in Northern Nigeria: Navigating root causes of conflict and advocating for equality across religious, sectarian, and ethnic lines

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – Today, Hardwired Global is releasing a white paper evaluating the underlying causes of conflict in northern Nigeria and provides tested modeling for leadership development in hostile states.

Lena Abboud, Director of International Programs at Hardwired Global and author of this white paper, writes the following, “Hardwired’s approach to resolving or mitigating religion-related conflict is grounded in our work across more than 30 countries around the world. We recognize that understanding the root causes of conflict — the fears, misconceptions and biases held by those involved — is integral to long-term resolution. To this end, an assessment of the underlying causes of conflict in northern Nigeria is essential for any successful peacebuilding effort.”  

Read the full report here:

Overcoming Religious Extremism

Hardwired Releases Groundbreaking New Study:
Protecting Children From Violent Extremism

Hardwired conducted a ground-breaking study among children in the Middle East and North Africa that provides the first evidence of the positive impact of rights-based education to help children overcome the trauma of religious extremism and counter the ideas of hate and intolerance that lead to violent extremism.  The study, which was made possible with support from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights, and with the cooperation of officials in various Ministries of Education, teachers, and students, offers a powerful example of how to build more peaceful, pluralistic societies that are resilient to extremism. The findings presented in this study highlight the innovative nature of Hardwired’s programs in the Middle East that are helping youth develop new attitudes and behaviors towards people of different religions and beliefs that reflect greater respect for the rights and freedoms of others. 

Read the full report here:

Conceptual Change and Human Rights

Hardwired’s innovative research in the field of conceptual change and human rights is featured in the Journal of Social Science Education.

Hardwired staff, Mary Anne Rea-Ramirez and Tina M. Ramirez published an article in the Journal of Social Science Education to demostrate that conceptual change theory and strategies can be applied to areas of the social sciences, such as human rights education on freedom of religion or belief. The findings presented in this study highlight the innovative nature of Hardwired’s programs in the Middle East that are helping youth develop new attitudes and behaviors towards people of different religions and beliefs that reflect greater respect for the rights and freedoms of others.

Read the full report here:

Recognizing the Root Causes

Hardwired releases a report outlining five strategies to secure the peace in Iraq following the defeat of ISIS.

Hardwired has operated programs in Iraq since 2015, supporting efforts of indigenous leaders in the fields of law, education, government, media, and religious leadership to address legal and social barriers to freedom of religion or belief. Hardwired is calling on decision makers to recognize the root cause of instability in Iraq, and take the necessary steps to deconstruct the intolerant views and practices that perpetuate religion-related and sectarian conflict through policies and programs that promote respect for the fundamental rights and freedoms of people of all faiths.

Read the full report here:

Educational Initiatives

In October of 2016, Hardwired Founder and President Tina Ramirez presented a speech to the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the role of freedom of religion and belief in preventing violent extremism – and how Hardwired’s educational initiatives are making a difference.

Read the speech here:

Petition for Writ of Certiorari

The United States has a long and proud history of sheltering those seeking refuge from oppression in their home countries.

Sadly, in any given year, there are significantly more individuals in the world persecuted on account of “race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion” than can be admitted in the United States. Without denying the plight of any asylum seeker, it is entirely reasonable to conclude that adherents of minority religions face graver dangers than do other refugees.

A decision prohibiting the government from extending particular solitude to the adherents of minority faiths would do more than substitute the Court’s judgement for that of the political branches. It would result in exposing those most vulnerable to persecution to additional and unjustifiable risk of harm.

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Influencing Real Change

Hardwired’s unique training program develops indigenous leadership in key sectors of society and has been able to influence real changes in law, policies, and social attitudes that affect the human right to freedom of religion or belief.

Our programs have been shown to instigate a paradigm shift in the way individuals see one another, leading those we train to a deeper respect for the rights and freedoms of others and willingness to defend others, even those with whom they may disagree.

When trainees experience a change in their perception of others, they are intrinsically motivated to treat others with greater dignity and respect that goes beyond general tolerance. As such, our rights-based training programs have also been successful in mitigating many of the push and pull factors that lead individuals into violent extremism.

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Building Safer Communities for People of All Beliefs.

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