Global Solutions Exchange

A mechanism for regular high-level civil society-government dialogue on issues related to preventing extremism.

On September 20, 2016, Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership partners met with Heads of State and Government to launch the Global Solutions Exchange, a mechanism for regular high-level civil society-government dialogue on issues related to preventing extremism. 

“We will not let violence determine our collective future. We invite the international community to walk alongside us. Join us.”

Global Leaderships – Local Partnerships

The event, “Women’s Leadership and Gender Perspectives on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism”, was co-hosted by H.E. Ms. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women and Ms. Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, Co-founder and Executive Director, International Civil Society Network (ICAN), and Coordinator of the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL).

Women’s Leadership and Gender Perspectives on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism – Global Leadership – Local Partnerships

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The Concept

Terrorism and violent extremism are among the greatest security threats of our time. As the international community strengthens its efforts to prevent and counter these threats, the UN must show strong leadership. In particular, member states and the wider UN system need support on the “whole of society” approach recommended in the SecretaryGeneral’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism.

“Civil society is itself an antidote to radicalization”

Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini

“We need to understand the angers that fuel extremism and the abuses civilians face in the name of counterterrorism operations”

Pakistani peacebuilder

“We always say what we are ‘countering’ or against—rather it’s essential to say what we are for and offer positive alternatives”

Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini

GSX Working Groups

GSX partners lead thematic, cross-regional working groups on critical topics pertaining to the rise of extremism and related violence to enable in-depth interactions between civil society, government, and multilateral actors.

Security Interventions and Extremism

Focuses on security interventions, considering their role in aggravating or alleviating grievances that often serve as push factors in the radicalization of individuals and communities.

Economic Policies, Gender, and Extremism

Focuses on economic policies and examines the relevance and linkages between macroeconomic policies, particularly neoliberalism, and the rise of extremism through a gendered lens.

Educating for Rights, Peace, and Pluralism

Focuses on the role of education in fostering or mitigating extremism, and developing curricula to counter the messages of violence and promote peace and pluralism.

“We invite the global community to walk alongside us in our efforts to counter the rising tide of extremism. ”

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