Violent extremist groups have long understood how to manipulate gender norms, behaviours and narratives. These groups target women, girls, men and boys for recruitment, retention and spreading support. In response, international and domestic programs have been designed to challenge these dynamics, and donors are increasingly demanding that Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programs are gender sensitive as a minimum consideration. Meaningfully fulfilling this demand is an area of ongoing work for practitioners and continuing research for the academic community.
In March 2019, Moonshot CVE convened a workshop of international and domestic practitioners in Canada. The objective was to review progress on integrating gender analysis into CVE work, highlight the lessons learned, and identify new and best practices. The workshop was generously funded by the Community Resilience Fund, administered by the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Violence Prevention at Public Safety Canada.
The following pages summarise findings from the workshop and highlight promising best practices for integrating gender sensitivity into CVE work. The findings represent the views of expert panelists and participants, and do not necessarily represent the views of Moonshot CVE or the Government of Canada.