The Global Center, with support from the government of the Netherlands, convened a two-day regional workshop to explore critical lessons and practical opportunities in developing responses that advance women’s inclusion and gender integration in policies and programs aimed at preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE). Participants included civil society actors, law enforcement and government representatives, and experts from Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Bangladesh, as well as representatives from multilateral and regional organizations.

In addition to identifying key challenges, gaps, and needs of national and regional actors in advancing a gender-sensitive P/CVE approach, participants highlighted practical efforts already being undertaken in the region. For example, the establishment of formal and informal networks to push for greater engagement between policymakers and civil society actors on gender and P/CVE issues and increased leadership and participation in social, civic, and humanitarian initiatives. Key challenges highlighted were the non-prioritization of gender issues and women’s participation, lack of resources and capacity to implement gender-sensitive programs, and institutional and societal barriers that hinder women’s meaningful participation.

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