Gender in Conflict and Security Webinar Series – Countering Violent Extremism: Making Gender Matter

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Dr Elizabeth Pearson, Emily Winterbotham and Dr Katherine Brown discuss their new book on gender in countering violent extremism with Naureen Chowdhury Fink.


Countering Violent Extremism: Making Gender Matter (published by Palgrave) presents original research on gender and the dynamics of diverse forms of violent extremism and efforts to counter them. Based on focus group and interview research with some 250 participants in Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK during 2015 and 2016, the study offers insights from communities affected by radicalisation and violent extremism. It introduces the concept of gendered radicalisation, exploring how the multiple factors of paths to violent extremist groups—social, local, individual and global—can differ for both men and women, and why.

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In this webinar, Elizabeth, Emily and Katherine discuss their research, the usefulness of their findings for academics and policy-makers as well as some of the challenges and the complexity of looking at CVE programming through a gendered lens.

Dr Elizabeth Pearson is Lecturer at Swansea University and Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute. She specialises in gender in extremism and counter extremism in the UK, Europe and West Africa.

Emily Winterbotham is Director of the Terrorism and Conflict group at RUSI focusing on extremism and radicalisation, countering violent extremism and peacebuilding. She also has regional expertise in South Asia, particularly in Afghanistan.

Dr Katherine Brown is Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham and works on the role of religion and gender in violent extremism and counter extremism.

The webinar is chaired by Naureen Chowdhury Fink, Executive Director at The Soufan Center and formerly a Senior Policy Adviser at the UK Mission to the United Nations in New York.


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