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Gender Mainstreaming in Counter-Terrorism Policy

Building Transformative Strategies to Counter Violent Extremism

Jessica White (Royal United Services Institute, London UK)



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27 May 2024
This book analyzes policy and programming challenges for gender mainstreaming in counter-terrorism, with examples from comparative case studies of countering violent extremism programming.

Interest in the issue of gender in security policy and programming has grown over the past several years, often with increasing pressure at the international and national levels to ensure commitment to inclusion of women or a gender lens. This book provides in-depth investigation of how gender can be effectively understood and included in the security process. Firstly, it adds a timely and effective contribution to the academic conversations around gender in security and how counter-terrorism programming can be implemented with human security goals. Secondly, it offers recommendations for policy makers and practitioners seeking to improve the effectiveness of countering violent extremism program design, implementation, and evaluation. A gender analysis framework is built across the chapters, drawing from various feminist analytical perspectives used in International Relations theory. The learning from this comparative gender analysis is encapsulated in the last chapter through some recommendations to help move counter-terrorism policy toward more transformative gender mainstreaming strategies.

This book will be of much interest to students of counter-terrorism studies, countering violent extremism, gender studies, security studies, and International Relations.
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   453g
ISBN:   9781032048895
ISBN 10:   1032048891
Series:   Routledge Studies in Gender and Security
Pages:   192
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
1. Introduction: Gender, Equality, and Security 2. The Evolution of Counter-Terrorism and Gender Mainstreaming Strategies 3. Institutional Commitment and the Global Governance of Countering Violent Extremism Best Practice 4. Security Frameworks and the Paradox of Gender-Blind Approaches 5. Gender Analysis: Capturing the Complexity of Gender 6. Gender Perspective: Discourse, Intersectionality, and Resistance 7. Gender Equality: Why it is Beneficial for Everyone 8. Conclusion: Working Towards Transformative Gender-Mainstreaming Strategies

Jessica White is a Senior Research Fellow in the Terrorism and Conflict group at the Royal United Services Institute, London, UK, and has a PhD from the University of Birmingham, UK. She also acts as a Gender Advisor on multiple projects, including for the European Union and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

Reviews for Gender Mainstreaming in Counter-Terrorism Policy: Building Transformative Strategies to Counter Violent Extremism

"'Gender has been badly neglected in how we think about terrorism and even more woefully treated when it comes to counter-terrorism. Jessica White’s book is extraordinarily welcome. It is a brilliant work, filled with vivid insights from research and real-world practice. It should be relished by policy-makers, practitioners and researchers alike.' Andrew Silke, Professor of Terrorism, Risk and Resilience at Cranfield Forensic Institute 'Counter-Terrorism policy has been a gender-blind field, until recently. This book breaks new ground by studying how a gender perspective has been incorporated into multilateral programming to improve efforts to prevent violent extremism. This first-ever comparative analysis of several P/CVE programs reveals some common traps that undermine their reach and effectiveness: Assumptions that youth and their radicalization is a gender-neutral process and that gender is a synonym for women’s empowerment. White finds that recognition of the complex, intersectional identities of those participating in programs and their meaningful inclusion of gender equality as a goal have the potential to transform P/CVE.' Jacqui True, Professor of Politics & International Relations at Monash University 'Over the past decade, policymakers and practitioners have grappled with the challenges of realizing the aims and ambitions of resolution 1325 into the counterterrorism and CVE approaches. White adds a much-needed focus on the ""say-do"" gap and the structural or contextual conditions that shape the outcomes of gender and CVE efforts, reflected in her analyses of multilateral CVE programming. Her evidence and findings offer important background and practical guidance for the development of policies and programs that foster the development of transformative gender mainstreaming strategies.' 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 'Jessica White's book is an important addition to the field, highlighting the intrinsic relationship between gender and security. Her case study analysis is crucial to understanding where opportunities to integrate gender into P/CVE programming are often lost. The learning and recommendations provide valuable insights for practitioners and policymakers looking to strengthen violence prevention programming through the inclusion of gender.' Emily Winterbotham, Director of Terrorism & Conflict Research Group at the Royal United Services Institute 'This book provides a valuable and unique contribution to the field. Rich with cases and practical policy guidance for those on the ground, this is a much-needed book for better understanding and advancement of gender considerations in counterterrorism today.' Joana Cook, Assistant Professor of Terrorism and Political Violence at Leiden University and Senior Project Manager and Editor-in-Chief at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism,"

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