A Gender-Informed Approach to the Prevention of Violent Extremism in the Arab Region - ESCWA

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Policy Brief: A Gender-Informed Approach to the Prevention of Violent Extremism in the Arab Region

ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/CL2.GPID/2020/TP.28


Publication Type: Policy briefs

Cluster: Gender Justice, Population and Inclusive Development

Focus Area: Gender equality

Initiatives: Rethinking human development

SDGs: Agenda 2030, Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Keywords: Gender equality, Peace, Women

A Gender-Informed Approach to the Prevention of Violent Extremism in the Arab Region

April 2021

Recognizing the broad roles that women play as preventers, supporters and victims of violent extremism in the Arab region, and within the framework of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda, this Policy Brief highlights key arguments for policymakers and practitioners for mainstreaming gender in the PVE strategy at the national level, as well as challenges to be mindful of when mainstreaming gender equality. It addresses four key elements of mainstreaming gender in PVE, namely (1) recognizing the gendered nature of violent extremism; (2) recognizing women as potential agents of violent extremism; (3) identifying the myriad roles women can play in preventing violent extremism; and (4) ensuring PVE strategies do not infringe on women’s rights.

Under each of these four elements, this Policy Brief examines the status of gender mainstreaming in PVE programmes and strategies in four countries in the Arab region: Morocco, Lebanon, Jordan and Tunisia. The four case studies represent different approaches to both developing PVE policies and strategies, and to incorporating gender into PVE activities. The Brief identifies good practices and potential gaps in order to offer policy recommendations for Arab States to meet their international commitments.

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