Women's Leadership and Gender Perspectives on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
General Women, Peace and Security
United Nation Theme: 
WILPF, NGO & Advocacy Documents

Women’s Leadership and Gender Perspectives on
Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism:
Global Leadership-Local Partnerships



  • Tuesday, September 20th, 2016, 1:30pm - 2:45pm

  • UN Conference Room 4 [UN Web TV]

  • Concept Note



  • Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN

  • UN Women

  • Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL)



  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka - Executive Director, UN Women

  • Fatima Al Bahadly - Iraqi Activist

  • Hamsatu Allamin - Founder, Voices of the Voiceless People

  • Shafqat Mehmood - Pakistani Politician

  • Deeyah Khan - Norwegian film director

  • Nicholas Kristof - Journalist (Moderator)



  • Hashtag: #WomenCVE #UNGA

  • From Content Note: “Terrorism and violent extremism are among the greatest security threats of our time. As the international community strengthens its efforts to prevent and counter these threats, the UN must show strong leadership. In particular, member states and the wider UN system need support on the “whole of society” approach recommended in the Secretary-General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism. The inclusion of a gender perspective and the need to listen to women’s voices when governments formulate their plans and strategies are inherent to the ‘whole of society’ approach. The meeting will build on the existing knowledge base, including the Secretary-General’s Plan of Action, the GCTF/OSCE Good Practices on Women and Countering Violent Extremism, the Global Study on UNSC resolution 1325 and the vast amount of research that has been carried out within the fields of women, peace and security, and preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE), as well as women’s networks. Event organized by the Permanent Mission of Norway.”

  • This event was reviewed via UN Web-TV. However, the wifi reception was lagged due to heavy online viewing traffic for the General Assembly, so streaming capabilities were limited. This event was monitored mostly online through Twitter updates.


  • This event featured an assortment of personal testimonies and accounts, as well as discussions of different action plans and intervention techniques; including the role of the arts and media (namely, film) in highlighting the problem of violent extremism (especially in terms of toxic/violent masculinities).

  • There was a particular emphasis on the role of engaging youth and women as preventative actors, especially in work at the local level.

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Event-Women's Leadership and Gender Perspectives on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism