Summary Report: Women: A Powerful Force for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism

The gender aspect of violent extremism has been largely understood through awareness about how women and girls uniquely suffer from its impact. What is less understood is the important role that women can, and should, play in preventing and countering violent extremism (P/VE).

Facilitating a continued discussion on the findings of the Democracy & Security Dialogue and building up on the Advancing Women’s Political Participation policy recommendations, the CoD held a session on ‘’Women: A Powerful Force for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism’’ at the Women Political Leaders (WPL) Summit on June 8, 2018, in Vilnius, Lithuania.


The session addressed the following issues: 

  • The role of women in P/CVE;
  • Gaps remaining in the international framework on P/CVE;
  • Importance of women’s inclusion in national law enforcement agencies;
  • Good practices on promoting women’s inclusion, women’s political participation, leadership and empowerment across society;
  • Correlation between improvement of women’s participation in policy

This report summarises the session’s panel discussions and outlines recommendations for increasing women’s participation in preventing and countering violent extremism.

Click here to download the report.