Women, Girls and Islamist Extremism

Authored by: Chloe Colliver, Seran de Leede, Lucie Parker et al.

Categories: Conflict Prevention, Peace Support Operations, Statebuilding, Violent Conflict
Sub-Categories: Countering Violent Extremism, Mass Atrocities, National Security Forces and Armed Groups, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Violent Extremism
Region: Middle East and North Africa
Year: 2019
Citation: Colliver, Chloe et al. "Women, Girls and Islamist Extremism." Institute for Strategic Dialogue. 2019.

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Executive Summary

The return of women and girls from former ISIS held territories presents new and difficult challenges for governments, communities and frontline practitioners. The importance of disengagement and deradicalisation work with this cohort of women cannot be underestimated. This toolkit provides evidence-based guidance for policymakers and practitioners, drawn from the expertise of intervention providers and practitioners in the UK and The Netherlands who have worked with over 250 females who were affiliated with Islamist extremism. The toolkit is designed to highlight effective practices and processes for intervention provision with women and girls, as well as to lay out existing policy
frameworks and practical tools available for those involved in these cases. The toolkit’s insights and recommendations are primarily designed to support individuals directly involved in the provision of tertiary interventions with women and girls, but also to provide guidance for practitioners and broader community stakeholders involved in safeguarding at-risk women and girls in The Netherlands and the UK.