Gender in Countering Violent Extremism Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation: Beyond Instrumentalism

Studies in Conflict & Terrorism


Using a countering violent extremism program as a case study, this article highlights the conceptual and practical challenges for meaningful inclusion of gender in security programing. Gender mainstreaming is commonly cited as a goal for stakeholders. Unfortunately, the security framework under which many counterterrorism programs are implemented and the general lack of understanding around the complexity of gender has often led to failures for meaningful inclusion in program design and evaluation. This article argues that a gender-sensitive approach is needed for effective countering violent extremism programing and counterterrorism policy, therefore is needed to create a more secure world for all individuals.