UN Women’s Commitment to Countering Terrorism and Preventing Violent Extremism – Global



This publication discusses the importance of having a proactive gender-aware framework for countering terrorism (CT) and preventing violent extremism (PVE). UN Women’s gender-sensitive framework is grounded in human rights frameworks and applies conflict-sensitivity principles. UN Women’s support focuses on capacity building, inclusive processes and people-centred approaches to CT and PVE, and seeks whole-of-government and whole-of-society engagement.

However, there are normative challenges and risks, related to policies and programs related to counter-terrorism and PVE engagement. UN Women’s agenda for defending and promoting women’s rights in this complex and dynamic thematic area can only progress by responding to these challenges and risks.

This publication offers guidance for the UN Women community of practice to conduct due diligence, measures that address identified challenges and, most importantly, to support risk-aware decision-making at all levels.

As such, and building on the discussions of the Virtual Community of Practice Workshop and the analysis undertaken of UN Women’s engagement in countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism At all levels, the review of the guidance note makes recommendations for the UN Women community of practice to consider in future relevant programming and policy support.


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