Etta Meyer | July 20, 2017 | Lifestyle
MDF Executive Director Danielle Givens, Founder Silbi Stainton, Hostess Karla Kelly, former Executive Director Jodie Fischer
The Marshall Direct Fund (MDF) is in the anti-terrorism business. On July 18th, 2017 they celebrated their tenth year of “peace building.” The non-profit, founded in Aspen, funds education programs for women and children in Pakistan, with the specific purpose of combating the ideological extremism that breeds violence.
MDF Founder Silbi Stainton moderates as Farah Pandith addresses the guests.
Speaking at the intimate cocktail reception, Farah Pandith described how ISIS recruits Generation Z both online and offline through peer-to-peer networks. “ISIS is teaching 7-year-olds about decapitation with Barbies,” she warned. The foreign policy strategist who has served in three administrations, (Bush, Bush, and Obama), remarked we need to be focusing on the problems of tomorrow by creating counter-content aimed not just at 30-year-old men, but children and teenagers.
She explained the common thread among radical Islamists in both majority-Muslim nations and in Western minority-Muslim nations is not necessarily income, gender or education level, it’s an overall crisis of identity.
Farah Pandith speaks to a guest.
MDF partners with organizations in Pakistan to provide primary school scholarships, women’s vocational training, and youth leadership connections, effectively working to inoculate the next generation against insidious ideology.
Hosted at the modern home of Karla Kelly, the evening was a representation of the Aspen spirit: a lively discussion of ideas and solutions for communities near and far.
Farah Pandith’s book, How We Win, will be released in early 2018 by HarperCollins.
Courtesy of the Marshall Direct Fund