The Archbishop of Canterbury’s advisor for reconciliation, Dr Sarah Snyder, spoke on behalf of the Archbishop at the Foreign Office conference exploring how freedom of religion or belief can help prevent violent extremism.
In her speech Dr Snyder emphasised the importance of working with local leaders of religious communities — men, women and young people (including lay leaders). She highlighted the crucial role of women as active peace-builders, and the widespread authority, access and action of religious leaders, who can access vast percentages of populations in countries affected by conflict and extremism.
Dr Snyder was speaking in a panel debate entitled, ‘How can open and plural societies help in peace-building? Why do we see extremist groups emerge in failed states?’