Deradicalise Youth through Meaningful Work

CEO Social Justice Blog

The 8 UN millennium development goals which ranged from halving extreme poverty, halting the spread of HIV / Aids and achieving global universal primary school education all by the target date of 2015 certainly triggered off unprecedented efforts across the UN membership.

Whilst not all goals have been achieved, there has been considerable progress.

What has been disturbing over the past 15 years has been the growth in inequality between the richest and the poorest in all societies across the globe. Whenever inequality increases, so does violence, particularly between the different ethnic / cultural groups.

Do a back ground check on those Australian young men who have travelled to the Middle East to join ISIS, and you will find that most were unemployed at the time. ISIS offered them the opportunity to be a ‘noble’ warrior, which for many sounds much better than being a long term unemployed person from Sydney’s Western Suburbs.

If we wish to deradicalise young people, we should find them meaningful work and a role in life / community they can be proud of. There is enough wealth in countries like Australia to pull this off. A more egalitarian society where everyone has the opportunity to work will be a much safer society than a society where everyone is blinded by self-interest and vulnerable groups are left behind.