The Roles of Women in Terrorism, Conflict and Violent Extremism: Lessons for the United Nations and International Actors.

Author:

Fink, N. C. Barakat, R. & Shetret, L.

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Date:

2013

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Theme:

Gender, Conflict and Extremism

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English

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Full Harvard Reference:

Fink, N. C. Barakat, R. & Shetret, L. (2013). The Roles of Women in Terrorism, Conflict and Violent Extremism: Lessons for the United Nations and International Actors. Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation. pp. 1-18.

The policy brief addresses the ways that gender can be integrated into counterterrorism policy and programming. While policymakers are now shifting from reacting to terrorism to preventing terrorism and violent extremism, there is still little effort in including women counterterrorism actors. The brief outlines the challenges in the integration and offers recommendations. While the 1325 resolution was important in addressing the impact of conflict on women and the roles of women in decision making, there needs to be a more nuanced approach when it comes to integrating a gender perspective. This means that women should not be conceptualised as a passive entity but someone that can address violence and conflict.