On 18 July 2018, CTED and UN Women hosted a symposium on gender-sensitive research and the collection of data on factors underlying the radicalization of women to terrorism. The discussions also focused on the impact of counter-terrorism strategies on women’s human rights and women’s organizations, with a view to developing targeted and evidence-based policy and programming responses in accordance with Security Council resolutions 2242 (2015) and 2395 (2017).
The participants included academics conducting research commissioned by UN Women, members of CTED’s Global Research Network, and other eminent researchers and academics working in this field.
The day-long event included a luncheon hosted by the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, which was open to Member States.
Assistant Secretary-General Michèle Coninsx, Executive Director of CTED, and Assistant Secretary-General Yannick Glemarec, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, highlighted the need to further expand and strengthen the evidence base regarding the gender dimensions of counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism in order to better inform analysis, policy, and programmes. They also reaffirmed the strong partnership between CTED and UN Women in this area, as well as their commitment to continued dialogue with the research community.
A summary report of the research symposium is available here.