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Gender in the Emerging Counter Terrorism Agenda
Start Date: 10/19/2017Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Date: 10/19/2017End Time: 7:45 PM

Event Description:

Gender in the Emerging Counter Terrorism Agenda

Presented in collaboration with the CGA’s Gender Working Group (GWG)

Thursday, October 19, 6. 30 - 7.45 pm

Considerable attention has been paid to gender dynamics in both the composition and ideology of radical extremist groups, as well as in the tactics and designated targets of these groups.  Frustrated masculinities are posited to be among the drivers of radicalization and decreased inhibitions to engage in extreme violence. Extremists target women and girls from apostate or opposition groups for organized, even highly bureaucratized, sexual violence and slavery, as well as for online misogyny that builds a culture of fear and inhibition amongst women. Extreme constraints on women’s rights, roles, deportment, visibility, and mobility are part of the visions of social change and ideal states used to motivate fighters.  Yet radical extremists have also been successful in recruiting women to the ranks of fighters and supporters.  

How can women be effectively engaged in the counter-terrorism (CT) agenda? While it is clear that more gender-equal societies may engender fewer extremist movements, engaging women in the CT project may simply designate them as targets for more violence. Attempts to promote gender equality may themselves trigger the violent backlash reactions that become pipelines to extremist actions.  And challenging violent masculinities is a massive developmental project that stretches beyond the urgent and immediate timeline of counter-terrorism. This panel of experts discuss how human rights and gender


Anne Marie Goetz, Clinical Professor, Center for Global Affairs; former Chief Adviser, Peace and Security, UN Women


Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism

Alex Moorehead, Director of the Counterterrorism, Armed Conflict and Human Rights Project at the Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School

Naureen Chowdhury Fink, Policy Specialist, Counterterrorism and PVE, UN Women
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Location Information:
Downtown - Woolworth  (View Map)
15 Barclay Street (bet. Broadway and Church Street)
New York, NY
Room: 430
Contact Information:
Phone: 212-992-8380

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