Misogyny and Violent Extremism: Implications for Preventing Violent Extremsim

Authored by: Melissa Johnston and Jacqui True

Categories: Violent Conflict
Sub-Categories: Countering Violent Extremism, Violent Extremism
Year: 2019
Citation: Johnston, Melissa, and Jacqui True. “Misogyny and Violent Extremism: Implications for Preventing Violent Extremism.” Monash University Gender, Peace and Security and UN Women, 2019.

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Executive Summary

The research reported here examines why and how radicalisation to violence occurs from a gender perspective. In particular, this policy brief analyses the underexplored relationship between attitudes and practices indicating misogyny (defined as both fear and hatred of women and/or the feminine) and support for violent extremism. Gender analysis of survey data collected in four countries (Indonesia, Bangladesh, the Philippines, and Libya) provides evidence of a mutually reinforcing dynamic of misogyny and violent extremism.