The Global Center, in partnership with the Institute for Inclusive Security, cohosted a workshop on “Women and Countering Violent Extremism: Exploring an Integrated Approach that Bridges Security, Development, and Human Rights” on Thursday, 28 April 2016 at the Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations, which generously supported this project.

The workshop brought together a unique group of participants to explore gaps, challenges, and opportunities in integrating the women, peace, and security (WPS) and the countering violent extremism (CVE) agendas, from the perspective of civil society actors and national representatives from a range of countries including Indonesia, Nigeria, Kenya, Pakistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Norway. A range of UN entities, including the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the UN Development Programme, UN Women, and the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, also shared their experiences and reflections on the way forward.

The event was followed by a briefing at the UN headquarters on Friday, 29 April 2016, cohosted by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Lithuania and the Global Center. H.E. Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaite, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Lithuania, moderated the discussion and Naureen Chowdhury Fink, Head of Research and Analysis at the Global Center, offered introductory remarks to further explore the role of women in preventing and responding to terrorism and violent extremism. Panelists included Sureya Roble- Hersi, National Vice Chairperson, Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization; Ruby Kholifah, Director, Asian Muslim Action Network, Indonesia, and Marita Sorheim-Rensvik, National Coordinator- Women, Peace and Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway.

Looking forward to the biennial review of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, the briefing highlighted practical areas of convergence between the WPS/CVE agendas and the need for integrated approaches that support and advance the work already being done by women on the frontlines.

For more information about this project, please contact Ms. Rafia Bhulai at


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