The Role of Women in Countering Boko Haram

Posted by on March 20, 2017
The Role of Women in Countering Boko Haram

This article, by Women Waging Peace Network member Idayat Hassan, was originally published by Insight on Conflict. The Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), popularly referred to as Boko Haram, has been waging a war against the Nigerian state for the past seven years. The insurgency has claimed over twenty thousand lives, displaced over […]

VIDEO: Deradicalizing Extremists With the Help of Their Mothers

Posted by on March 2, 2017
VIDEO: Deradicalizing Extremists With the Help of Their Mothers

Mossarat Qadeem saves not only individual lives; she saves families. Working directly with mothers of radicalized youths, and using her detailed knowledge of the Quran, she rescues young men—including potential suicide bombers—who are being exploited by extremists. In this video, she discusses her innovative approach.

Promoting Inclusive Policy Frameworks for Countering Violent Extremism

Posted by Allison Peters and Jahanara Saeed on December 29, 2016
Promoting Inclusive Policy Frameworks for Countering Violent Extremism

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, […]

Recommendations for Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism in Pakistan

Posted by Pakistan Workshop Participants on August 18, 2016
Recommendations for Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism in Pakistan

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 […]

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 […]

Countering Violent Extremism Depends on Women

Posted by on April 26, 2016
Countering Violent Extremism Depends on Women

This article, by Jillian Slutzker, was originally published by Creative Associates International. Women can and should play a larger role in identifying and reducing the root causes that drive individuals to radicalization and possible violent extremism, according to experts at the CVE Symposium in Washington, D.C. “Exclusion breeds conflict and the processes that are used […]

“Imagine If the Minister Had Listened to Us.”

Posted by on April 14, 2016
“Imagine If the Minister Had Listened to Us.”

Wazhma Frogh, Founder and Director of the Research Institute for Women, Peace, and Security, describes how Afghan women reported warning signs of violent extremism in their rural communities–and what happened when the government ignored them. This video is from “Collaborative Approaches to Global Security,” a multimedia event presented by Inclusive Security in association with the […]

Women as Symbols and Swords in Boko Haram’s Terror

Posted by Mia Bloom and Hilary Matfess on March 16, 2016
Women as Symbols and Swords in Boko Haram’s Terror

This article is from the “Women, peace, and inclusive security” edition of PRISM—a top defense and security studies journal—which was co-produced by Inclusive Security and the National Defense University. Read the full issue. In June 2014, a middle-aged woman riding a motorcycle approached the military barracks in the North Eastern Nigerian city of Gombe. While […]

Inclusive Security for the Muslim World

Posted by Husain Haqqani on March 16, 2016
Inclusive Security for the Muslim World

This article is from the “Women, peace, and inclusive security” edition of PRISM—a top defense and security studies journal—which was co-produced by Inclusive Security and the National Defense University. Read the full issue. At 1.6 billion, Muslims comprise one-fifth of the world’s population. By 2050, that number is expected to rise to 2.76 billion. Sixty […]

Why Women Are the Solution to Afghanistan’s Insecurity

Posted by on December 21, 2015
Why Women Are the Solution to Afghanistan’s Insecurity

Women in Afghanistan—as in communities around the world—recognize the warning signs of violent conflict. Ask an Afghan woman about ISIS’ presence in the country or about the Taliban’s growing strength and she’ll cite indicators of their pervasive influence: women banned from attending school in southern provinces, the Taliban kidnappings in Parwan province to the north, […]

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