Good Practice 3

Recognize and promote the different roles of women and girls as critical stakeholders in CVE, including in developing more localized, inclusive, credible, resonant, and effective approaches.

An effective CVE approach recognizes and promotes the significant and varying roles of women and girls at all levels, including:

  • In families
  • Communities
  • Civil society
  • Educational institutions
  • The private sector
  • In government (including in security, intelligence, and law enforcement)

As a core part of families and communities, women and girls have vital contributions to make to a more expansive understanding of the local context for CVE, including violent extremism in all its forms and manifestations, and its underlying factors. They can help formulate and deliver tailored CVE responses that are more localized, inclusive, credible, resonant, and therefore sustainable and effective. This is helpful as gender-mainstreamed CVE needs to more appropriately address localized gender-based recruiting, organizational gender dynamics, local gender dynamics, and to other localized needs in order to be most effective.

Including women and girls also expands the reach of CVE programs as they may have different forms of influence, including over other women and youth at risk of violent radicalization. Engaging and empowering women and girls across multiple sectors creates inclusive institutions that build trust with the public, as well as socially cohesive and resilient societies as a whole. This is particularly true with respect to inclusive security sector reform; research shows that ensuring women participate equally in security services ensures those platforms are more responsive to the diverse needs of the community.