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Demystifying the narrative of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
26 Sep 2018 -  The narrative of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant distorted Islam to legitimize the spread of its ideology and violence, and to justify its state-building efforts. In this context, a UN Women report released in June 2018 revealed how this terrorist group uses women’s voices and experiences to promote a suppressive world view. In order to demystify this narrative, it is important to understand how the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant uses Islam to recruit supporters and inspire violence across the globe.

This side event - jointly organized by the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect and the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers - aims to set the record straight on how the co-called Islamic State distorted Islam and to propose ways to demystify its violent discourse.