Global Solutions Exchange
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.
ICAN-led GSX Events 2017
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.
On 21 September, ICAN in partnership with The Prevention Project celebrated the first anniversary of the Global Solutions Exchange (GSX) by hosting an all-day event on “Preventing Violent Extremism through Civil Society Innovation” on the margins of the 2017 UN...read more
10 Steps Governments Can Take to Support the Critical Role of Civil Society in Preventing Violent Extremism
Evidence demonstrates that efforts by governments and multilateral actors, particularly security-focused initiatives, are not sufficient to prevent violent extremism. Governments and multilateral institutions need to work more closely with other sectors of society to...read more
10 Reasons Why Civil Society Is an Ally and Not an Adversary in the Struggle against Violent Extremism
There is growing recognition that effectively preventing violent extremism (PVE) and fostering sustainable peace and pluralism requires a “whole of society” effort that extends beyond governments alone to include civil society actors, particularly those with...read more
What the U.S. Must Do and Why It Matters A Policy Brief in the 2016-17 U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace and Security Policy Brief Series by Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, Rasha Jarhum, Rana Allam, and Devin Cowick. As a critical member of the coalition...read more
A Preliminary Dialogue on the Nexus of Economic Policy, Gender and Violent Extremism.
Women peace practitioners and rights activists have long been concerned by decisions made at global and national levels that at the local level impact dynamics of economic exclusion, threaten social cohesion and exacerbate vulnerabilities to radicalization
Why Civil Society and Security Sector Partnerships Matter. Analyzing the impact of security interventions in contributing to and mitigating extremist violence.read more
From Preventing Violent Extremism to Promoting Peace, Resilience, Equal Rights and Pluralism (PREP). Members of the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL) and other women-led organizations in over 30 countries analyzed the role of formal and informal education in contributing to enabling conditions and mitigating extremist violence.read more
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.
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