Interactive dialogue: Counter-terrorism and COVID-19: Gendered perspectives

Join UN Women, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE ODIHR), the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF), and a panel of experts for a discussion on the gendered impacts of securitized approaches to preventing violent extremism and counter-terrorism, the new challenges that have emerged through the global pandemic, and the principles to guide civil society and governments moving forward. The webinar will be in English with simultaneous interpretation in Arabic, Spanish, French, and Russian.
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Event type: Online discussions

Start date: 11 March 2021 | Start time: 08:00 UTC-05:00
End date: 11 March 2021 | End time: 09:30 UTC-05:00

Location: Zoom

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The human cost of terrorism has been felt in every corner of the globe with dire consequences. However, actions by states to counter-terrorism and to prevent violent extremism leading to terrorism at times themselves violate fundamental human rights, which may breed distrust of society towards the state and have been recognized as a condition conducive to the spread of terrorism.

Women activists and civil society leaders report being caught between the actions of violent extremist and terrorist groups, which often target women’s rights and physical integrity, and state responses to terrorism, which carry risks of instrumentalizing women’s organizations, potentially compromising their reputation and safety and negatively impacting women’s human rights. New laws adopted in response to COVID-19 are further restricting the spaces and activities of civil society which in turn affects women’s activism.

This webinar explores these dynamics through a gender lens, asking how security sector practices and new powers granted in relation to COVID-19 intersect with counter-terrorism and preventing violent extremism, and what impacts this is having on different communities, including women and men.

The webinar will be in English with simultaneous interpretation in Arabic, Spanish, French, and Russian.

Interactive dialogue: Counter-terrorism and COVID-19: Gendered perspectives

Sponsored by: Headquarters Offices, the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF), and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE ODIHR)

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  • Contact person: Natasha Lamoreux natasha.lamoreux[at]unwomen.org