Engaging women in countering violent extremism: avoiding instrumentalization and furthering agency.

Author:

Giscard d’Estaing, S.

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Date:

2017

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Theme:

Gender, Conflict and Extremism

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English

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Full Harvard Reference:

Giscard d’Estaing, S. (2017). Engaging women in countering violent extremism: avoiding instrumentalization and furthering agency,. Gender & Development, 25:1, pp. 103-118.

This article examines the limitations of prevention and countering violent extremism programmes and policies in engaging with women, their roles, and gender-sensitivity. Six themes were identified and discussed: Countering violent extremism/preventing violent extremism (CVE/PVE), a gendered agenda, instrumentalising women the ‘securitisation’ of women’s right, avoiding instrumentalisation and supporting participation and leadership, researching the link between gender inequality and violent extremism, and ways forward. Recognising women’s agency, diversity in voices and experiences, and knowledge is fundamental to ensuring their rights and sustainable peace. Their full participation at all levels of decision-making in the design and implementation of preventing and countering violent extremism (PVE/ CVE) contributes to the effectiveness and sustainability of these efforts.