Prevent tragedies: The conversation on Syria

Counter Terrorism Senior National Coordinator Helen Ball and colleagues, community members and partners from around the world have made the following resolution:

"We care deeply about the well-being of women and girls throughout the world. We reject the degrading treatment of women by terrorist organisations. We seek to prevent the tragedies caused by it.

"We declare that women and girls should not be subject to forced or bogus marriage, raped, held in slavery, denied education or encouraged to put themselves and their children in danger.

"Men and women who do these things to others are to be condemned.

"We resolve to work together and would like to invite others who want to work with us to join us to end the malign influence and abuse that diminishes the potential and lives of women."

Police and partners want to ensure that people, particularly women, who are concerned about their loved ones are given enough information about where they can get support. You can reach specially trained people for help and advice by calling 101. 101 call handlers throughout the UK have been briefed.

We are increasingly concerned about the numbers of young women who have or are intending to travel to Syria. It is an extremely dangerous place and the reality of the lifestyle they are greeted with when they arrive is far from that promoted online by foreign terrorist groups. The option of returning home is often taken away from them, leaving families at home devastated and with very few options to secure a safe return for their loved one.

We want to increase their confidence in the police and partners to encourage them to come forward at the earliest opportunity so that we can intervene and help.

This is not about criminalising people it is about preventing tragedies.

Related publications


Syria Travel Advice Booklet

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