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date: 04 June 2020

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This chapter examines recent attempts to apply evolving ideas regarding women’s empowerment, leadership, and participation to the issue of preventing and countering violence extremism (P/CVE). Incorporation of the central tenants of the women, peace, and security agenda in the UN Security Council Resolution on P/CVE and the 2016 Global Strategy for Countering and Preventing Terrorism and Violent Extremism has been a crucial and welcome development. The Global Strategy promotes the integration of a gender perspective across the framework and a more targeted, specific focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment within high-risk situations. Moreover, as this chapter demonstrates, the Global Strategy acknowledges the diversity of women’s roles and their agency in different areas, particularly in the more private and less public spaces. This chapter argues that private spaces and relationships can be sources of power to secure peace and security. It suggests that more effort is needed to enhance, support, and upscale women’s human rights activities and organizations that seek to address the issues of P/CVE. Finally, this chapter concludes that the international community needs to recognize, respect, and support women’s roles in interfaith communities.

Keywords: preventing and countering violent extremism, interfaith communities, private spaces, Global Strategy, high- risk situations.

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