A network for mothers who are concerned that their children might fall under the influence of violent extremist ideologies is being launched in Austria - similar to other successful projects in India and Pakistan.

The Mothers Schools Against Extremism model was developed by Vienna-based advocacy group Women Without Borders and is designed to act as "an early warning system" so that mothers feel able to protect their children from radical influences.

"The first line of defence is at home, this is where the first signs of a possible radicalization become visible," Edit Schlaffer, founder of Women Without Borders, said on Monday. She said it was about addressing an "imbalance in society" and "helping young people who don't manage to find a direction".

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