In a speech at the White House Summit to Counter Violent Extremism, National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Thursday said part of the strategy to combat terrorism is training women – especially mothers – to recognize the signs of recruitment and radicalization in their own families.
“Who is better than a mother to spot unusual behavior in her child and intervene?” Rice asked. “Around the world, the United States is supporting projects to train women to recognize the signs of recruitment and radicalization in their families and communities and to devise prevention strategies.”
According to Rice, women and girls are critical in this effort, because they are “some of the most effective voices encountering violent extremism.”
“We’ll share more information about foreign terrorist fighters and secure our borders against extremists returning from conflict in places like Syria and Iraq,” she said.