From Policy to Action: Advancing an Integrated Approach to Women and Countering Violent Extremism

Posted by Rafia Bhulai and Christina Nemr of the Global Center on Cooperative Security, and Allison Peters of Inclusive Security on June 27, 2016
From Policy to Action: Advancing an Integrated Approach to Women and Countering Violent Extremism

Women and women-led organizations have worked globally, through formal and informal channels, to resolve conflicts, build peace, promote development, and strengthen security sectors. These powerful roles were formally recognized more than 15 years ago with the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and follow-on resolutions. Experts and practitioners working to advance women’s inclusion in peace and security processes—a practice referred to as […]

Strengthening Rule of Law Responses to Counter Violent Extremism

Posted by Global Center on Cooperative Security and The Institute for Inclusive Security on May 29, 2015

Violence and extremism in South Asia, including potential threats posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), remain a concern for many regional and international observers. Three South Asian countries—Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India—are among those with the highest reported incidents of terrorism. Reports of foreign fighters from South Asia have prompted concerns […]

Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism in Pakistan: Why Policewomen Must Have a Role

Posted by Allison Peters on March 28, 2014

Pakistan’s law enforcement agencies struggle to combat militant violence that contributes to political, economic, and social instability. To improve the operational effectiveness of Pakistani forces, the government of Pakistan and international donors must prioritize the recruitment, retention, and professionalization of women in the police. This policy brief summarizes research conducted in Pakistan in October 2013 […]

Increasing Women’s Participation and Engagement in Planning for Peace: The 2011 Gender Symposium and International Engagement Conference (IEC) for South Sudan

Posted by Tobie Whitman with Farah Council, Rachel Dore-Weeks, and Jacqueline O’Neill on October 1, 2012

Donor and engagement conferences focus international atten­tion on a country’s future. In countries emerging from conflict, policymakers from the post-conflict country and their bilateral and multilateral partners gather to priori­tize development requirements and map a vision of peace and prosperity. In many cases, development agencies commit resources and assistance. Participation in planning for donor conferences […]

Women Moderating Extremism in Pakistan

Posted by Sarah Chatellier with Dr. Shabana Fayyaz on August 1, 2012

From August 2010 to August 2012, The Institute for Inclusive Security implemented a program in Pakistan with support from the US Institute of Peace titled “Pakistani Women Moderating Extremism.” The initiative supported the formation of a national coalition of women leaders dedicated to curtailing extremism and promoting social cohesion. This first policy brief of a […]

Women’s Roles in Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Rehabilitation in Pakistan

Posted by Sarah Chatellier with Dr. Shabana Fayyaz on August 1, 2012

From August 2010 to August 2012, The Institute for Inclusive Security implemented a program in Pakistan with support from the US Institute of Peace titled “Pakistani Women Moderating Extremism.” The initiative supported the formation of a national coalition of women leaders dedicated to curtailing extremism and promoting social cohesion. This second policy brief of a […]

Attention to Gender Increases Security in Operations: Examples from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Posted by Tobie Whitman and Jacqueline O'Neill on April 1, 2012

Empirical evidence shows that security actors are more likely to accomplish their mission when they take into account the differing needs and perspectives of men and women. For example, in a variety of studies of stabilization and peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kosovo, Liberia, and Timor Leste, gender equality is […]

Leveraging Women’s Community Leadership: A Model for Outreach in Urban Refugee Populations

Posted by Roxane Wilber on April 1, 2011

Assisting urban refugees presents unique challenges. As the proportion of refugees in urban areas continues to grow, it becomes increasingly important to identify successful models for reaching out across cities. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ office in Syria has developed an innovative approach to extending its reach across Damascus. This publication explains how UNHCR […]

Strengthening Colombia’s Transitional Justice Process by Engaging Women

Posted by Carla Koppell and Jonathan Talbot on March 1, 2011

The Colombian National Commission for Reparation and Reconciliation (CNRR) is a transitional justice mechanism effectively structured for involving women and addressing their priorities and needs. Mainstreaming gender has involved advocating for particular women to serve as commissioners, support for the creation of a gender unit within the commission, close collaboration with women’s civil society organizations, […]

Joint Protection Teams: A Model for Enhancing Civilian Security

Posted by Tobie Whitman on November 1, 2010

Joint Protection Teams (JPTs) are a promising model for advancing protection efforts by peacekeepers currently being used by the UN in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. By promoting contact between peacekeepers and the local community, bringing civilian expertise to inaccessible areas, and increasing the number of women involved in protection efforts, JPTs are an […]

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