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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Related Publications

Funding Women Peacebuilders: Dismantling Barriers to Peace

Recognizing the value and need to channel equitable resources to local women’s peacebuilding organizations (WPBOs) have been constant stipulations of the value of the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) agenda since its inception at the turn of the 21st century. From the United Nations to its 193 member states, the desire and intent to support such organizations has increased over the years. But the chasm between donors’ good intentions and their political, financial, and administrative constraints has hampered the flow of funds to the grassroots women who need them the most.

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Protecting Women Peacebuilders: The Front Lines of Sustainable Peace

Despite 20 years of policy, practice, and evidence of impact, there is still a persistent gap in recognition of, support to, and protection for women peacebuilders. This brief distills and builds on decades of women peacebuilders’ experiences navigating the dangers women peacebuilders face to provide an overview of the contextual factors and realities that create and exacerbate their insecurity. It then presents the range and sources of threats, analyzes the strengths of and gaps in existing protection mechanisms, and concludes with operational guidance for states and multilateral institutions to protect women peacebuilders.

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Recognizing Women Peacebuilders: Critical Actors in Effective Peacemaking

Drawing on two decades of desk and primary research and interviews, policy development, and experiences in advocacy and Track One mediation practices, “Recognizing Women Peacebuilders: Critical Actors in Effective Peacemaking”, delves into the motivations and factors that propel women to become peacebuilders in the face of violence and conflict and the activities they engage in that bridge the local and the global arenas.
The brief explores how the lexicon and labels in the policy arena hinder or help women’s greater inclusion in peace processes, and factors that capture the complexity and commonality of WPBs’ experiences in relation to and distinct from other forms of socio-political activism.

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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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