- Huckerby describes how the UN women, peace, and security agenda and the counter terrorism agenda have overlapped on the subject of countering violent extremism in a way that threatens to be harmful for women and the women’s rights. Her main question stemming from this is how women’s work in countering violent extremism can be supported with risking instrumentalizing, securitizing, or co-opting the women, peace, and security agenda and the larger agenda for women’s rights.
- Her main claim is that the increasing overlap in the counter terrorism agenda and the women, peace, and security agenda requires more attention to the limitations and possible dangers underlying this partnership. In particular, states and civil society must address the dual problem of including women in countering violent extremism while not using them as tools or securitizing the women, peace, and security agenda. She argues for more balance and closer attention and analysis to this phenomenon.
- She takes an Interpretivist approach to conducting qualitative analysis and analyzes the language in several different reports and the different ways that the discourses and frameworks interact.
- She draws on reports from the Security Council and the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and statements from the Security Council Counter Terrorism Committee Briefing.
- She concludes that the conflation of these two areas should not be taken lightly, and that a more careful analysis needs to be taken into consideration so that women will not be marginalized or used as tools for a counter terrorism agenda, and makes the following three specific points:
- CVE policy makers and shapers must take gender analysis into consideration to determine whether it could be unsafe for women or counter productive.
- States must consult with local women’s groups on their policies and programs but also address gender gaps and analysis in their national security architecture.
- The human rights field must address issues of instrumentalization, securitization, and co-option in the goal of engaging women in counter terrorism and countering violent extremism.
Huckerby, Jayne. “The Complexities of Women, Peace, Security and Countering Violent Extremism.” Just Security (blog), September 24, 2014. Accessed September 26, 2015.
*While this isn’t a traditional scholarly source, I thought it would be the best article to start with because Jayne Huckerby has been the link between the majority of the sources I have been looking at, one of the few to focus on my specific question, and she gives the context for the broader conversation that I want to explore and outlines the frameworks that I will need to understand going forward.