Gendering Counterterrorism: How to, and How Not to – Part II

Authored by: Fionnuala Ní Aoláin and Jayne Huckerby

Categories: Human Rights, Violent Conflict
Sub-Categories: Countering Violent Extremism, Democratization and Political Participation, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Violent Extremism
Region: No Region
Year: 2018
Citation: Ní Aoláin, Fionnuala and Jayne Huckerby. "Gendering Counterterrorism: How to, and How Not to – Part II." Just Security. May 2018.

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Executive Summary

Earlier this week, we outlined the opportunities in integrating gender in counter-terrorism and preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) across a number of areas —women as victims of terrorists and violent extremists; gender equality as a counter-terrorism tactic; women as perpetrators; women as peacemakers; and women as victims of governments’ national security policy and practice. In this article, we set out some of the challenges in addressing gender dimensions in each of these areas of policy-making, as well as offer an account of the reasons these challenges are occurring, along with some thoughts on how a human rights and gender-sensitive way forward might look.