On September 20, 2016, Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership partners met with Heads of State and Government to launch the Global Solutions Exchange, a mechanism for regular high-level civil society-government dialogue on issues related to preventing extremism. 

ICAN-led GSX Events 2017

GSX partners lead thematic, cross-regional working groups on critical topics pertaining to the rise of extremism and related violence to enable in-depth interactions between civil society, government, and multilateral actors.

Security Interventions and Extremism

Focuses on security interventions, considering their role in aggravating or alleviating grievances that often serve as push factors in the radicalization of individuals and communities.

Economic Policies, Gender, and Extremism

Focuses on economic policies and examines the relevance and linkages between macroeconomic policies, particularly neoliberalism, and the rise of extremism through a gendered lens.

Educating for Rights, Peace, and Pluralism

Focuses on the role of education in fostering or mitigating extremism, and developing curricula to counter the messages of violence and promote peace and pluralism.

GSX Publications

Invisible Women: Gendered Dimensions of Return, Rehabilitation and Reintegration from Violent Extremism

This report contributes a gendered analysis of approaches to the disengagement, rehabilitation and reintegration of women and girls associated with violent extremism. It highlights the gaps in current policies and practice, as well as the solutions that are emerging in part from the experiences and innovations of women-led civil society initiatives. The report concludes with practical recommendations for policymakers and programming guidance for practitioners.

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The Concept

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 SecretaryGeneral’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism.

Global Leaderships – Local Partnerships

The event, “Women’s Leadership and Gender Perspectives on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism”, was co-hosted by H.E. Ms. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women and Ms. Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, Co-founder and Executive Director, International Civil Society Network (ICAN), and Coordinator of the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL).

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

“Civil society is itself an antidote to radicalization”

Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini

“We need to understand the angers that fuel extremism and the abuses civilians face in the name of counterterrorism operations”

Pakistani peacebuilder

“We always say what we are ‘countering’ or against—rather it’s essential to say what we are for and offer positive alternatives”

Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini

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