Charting a New Course Thought for Action Kit: Women Preventing Violent Extremism

Authored by: Allistair Millar, Jayne Huckerby, Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, et al.

Categories: Violent Conflict
Sub-Categories: Countering Violent Extremism, Early Warning, National Security Forces and Armed Groups
Region: No Region
Year: 2015
Citation: Millar, Allistair, Jayne Huckerby, and Sanam Naraghi- Anderlini, et al. "Charting a New Course: Thought Action Toolkit: Women Preventing Violent Extremism." United States Institute of Peace. 2015.

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Executive Summary

The increased political attention to the role of women in countering and preventing violent extremism and terrorism is encouraging. Nevertheless, a coherent international framework is still needed. Indeed, women are not one cohesive group, and as men, they play multiple roles in societies. They can be victims, enablers, and actors for positive change—each requires a different response and approach. Moreover, there is little research and data with respect to these various roles that women occupy.

Our efforts here are intended to engage a discussion on key issues related to the role of women and preventing violent extremism (PVE). This document is not for an academic audience. Nor is it a toolkit. We think of it as a thought kit— a collection of experts’ essays and exercises, designed to help guide activists and practitioners to engage in reflection and dialogue on violent extremism. In addition, we hope to bring greater awareness to the particular roles of women and women’s organizations in dealing with violent extremist ideologies. This document has three sections. Each section opens with a brief introductory background, followed by short essays by some of the leading experts in this field. Each section also includes exercises that may prove useful for further dialogue.