On the margins of the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the Global Center worked with the European Union and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in partnership with the United Nations, the United States, and Norway to organize a high-level event on integrating a gender dimension into efforts to prevent and counter violent extremism (CVE). The event brought together senior officials and practitioners to discuss creative ways of advancing gender-sensitive policy and programming. The discussion builds on a previous event on the topic hosted by the European Union on the margins of the opening of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly in September 2015.

Chaired by Alistair Millar, Executive Director of the Global Center, the event opened with high-level remarks by: Ambassador Mara Marinaki, European External Action Service Principal Advisor on Gender and on the Implementation of Resolution 1325; H.E. Ufuk Gokcen, Ambassador, OIC; Dr. Sarah Sewall, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, U.S. Department of State; Ms. Tone Skogen, State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Weixiong Chen, Deputy Executive Director, UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate.

Among the key issues highlighted by the speakers were the need to better understand how women’s roles in CVE can be strengthened, how violent extremism threatens women’s rights, ways to engage men as part of a more gender-sensitive approach, and how to improve research to build the evidence base of CVE policy and programming.

As part of the event, the Global Center and Hedayah announced a preview of their joint publication entitled, A Man’s World? Exploring the Role of Women in Countering Violent Extremism. This edited volume takes a step back from common assumptions about women’s roles in CVE to offer a variety of regional and expert perspectives on if and how women play a differentiated role from other stakeholders in these efforts. The full publication will be available shortly.

For more information about this event or the publication, please contact Ms. Rafia Bhulai at rbhulai@globalcenter.org.

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