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Introduction / Summary

Women have a critical role to play in CVE – one that has not always received the attention it deserves. The GCTF seeks to bring greater focus on this issue by developing good practices on how women can be most effectively integrated into CVE efforts, beginning with the initial stages of program design and policy development.

When women are brought into the fold in a way that upholds their human rights, counters gender dynamics in radicalization, avoids stereotyping, and ensures their security when partaking in CVE efforts, it lays the groundwork for effective counter narratives, successful disengagement of female extremists, and genuine trust-based partnerships.

Research has shown that women, especially mothers, carry authority within their families and communities which can translate into positive influence against violent extremism. Practitioners repeatedly observe that women are the gatekeepers to their communities and, as such, should be involved in creating and maintaining CVE initiatives.

In related fields, the involvement of mothers has been shown to help reduce gang recruitment, while integrating women into police forces can help limit excessive use of force, reduce community tensions and provide opportunities to access marginalized communities.

Good Practices Breakdown

  • Good Practice 9

    Ensure that CVE efforts, including alternative-narratives, address women and girls’ involvement in violent extremism and terrorism. CVE efforts should include tailored and targeted approaches to c... Read More

  • Good Practice 10

    Develop gender-sensitive disengagement, rehabilitation, and reintegration programs that address the specific needs of women and girls on a path to terrorist radicalization or involved in violent extre... Read More

  • Good Practice 11

    Build the capacity of women and girls to contribute safely and productively to CVE efforts in a manner tailored to local contexts. A range of challenges, including legal and institutional restrict... Read More

  • Good Practice 12

    Ensure the security of women and girls involved in CVE, including in civil society, taking into account when labeling their efforts as such might be dangerous or counterproductive. Women, including... Read More

Latest Initiatives

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This section will be used to highlight key initiatives being led by governments around the world which are advancing the GCTF’s lifecycle initiative