Download the Publication Pakistan continues to face threats of violent extremism as the government grapples with political and social instability. Numerous terrorist organizations operate within the nation’s borders and continue to launch devastating attacks against the Pakistani people and those in neighboring countries. Despite the launch of the government’s military counter-terrorism operation, Zarb-e-Azb, in 2014, […]
Over the course of 18 months, Inclusive Security facilitated a series of workshops with 20 Pakistani policewomen, civil society leaders, and parliamentarians to advance women’s inclusion in the country’s efforts to counter violent extremism. In July 2016, this multi-sectoral group of women leaders developed policy recommendations for relevant international and national stakeholders focused on achieving […]
A delegation of four women from Pakistan traveled to Washington, DC, to deliver recommendations on reducing violent extremism and terrorism in Pakistan. Their recommendations aim to increase the recruitment, retention, and professionalization of women in Pakistan’s police forces; strengthen women’s inclusion in mechanisms setting Pakistan’s strategic priorities, such as the National Internal Security Policy (NISP), […]
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 […]
This working paper is meant to serve as a coalition-building case study for funders, peace practitioners, and organizations seeking to implement similar initiatives in conflict-affected environments. It provides an overview of the program’s design, its key phases, its impact, and lessons learned. The appendixes further elaborate on major challenges Inclusive Security faced throughout the program […]
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 […]
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 […]
Recognizing their role as critical resources for stability, women leaders from across Pakistan formed Amn-o-Nisa, a diverse coalition dedicated to collectively moderating extremism, in 2011. Drawing on their extensive experiences, 12 Amn-o-Nisa delegates drafted these recommendations for advancing women’s inclusion in US counterterrorism efforts and increasing US engagement with a key ally in Pakistan—women peacebuilders.
The policy community in Pakistan must acknowledge and address violent extremism in the country and enhance women’s ongoing efforts to build social cohesion in communities across the nation. Drawing on members’ diverse experiences, Amn-o-Nisa proposes these recommendations for moderating violent extremism and promoting social harmony in Pakistan.
These recommendations for leveraging women’s skills and expertise in seeking to moderate extremism were developed by Pakistani women experts convened by The Institute for Inclusive Security in January 2010.