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Terrorism and violent extremism as well as efforts to counter their threat, are still widely considered to be male domains. This is despite evidence which shows women and girls are directly and indirectly engaged in, and/or harmed by acts of terrorism and violent extremism and targeted for recruitment by terrorist and violent extremist groups; as well as being key stakeholders in efforts to prevent and counter their threat.

Monash University's Gender, Peace and Security Centre and UN Women Asia-Pacific discuss their recent research and programming in Indonesia and Bangladesh which addresses these gaps in women’s engagement in preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) and counter-terrorism (CT) and suggests how a gender-based approach might be developed to enhance their effectiveness of P/CVE.

Photo Credit: UN Women Flickr/Snigdha Zaman.