United Nations Commission on The Status of Women Session 63 Explores Violent Extremism & Women

Violent extremism can have a devastating impact on women’s social protection and services. Media coverage of violent extremism often focuses on terrorists, military, law enforcement, political issues. But, the realities for women in areas of violent extremism, often conflict as well, are the decline and reduction of basic social protection and services.

On March 12, 2019, in a unique panel held at the United Nations in New York, terrorism experts and female scholars will focus on both civil society women and collective women’s programs. They begin with this primary premise: 

Terrorism can dramatically affect the safety of women, who are usually primary caretakers for family.

Violent extremism can result in basic social services being reduced or cut as funds are diverted by government to counter terrorism. Women may find access to vital resources as clean water, food, and health care, education for children, more challenging or drastically limited. Violent extremism can also result in aid and support being blocked or cut. The most vulnerable women in times of violent extremism may be the elderly, the sick, and the disabled. In times of terrorism, extremism, many women are left as heads of households, and a significant number as widows. It is a reality that some women and girls are drawn to join terrorist groups, and this panel will discuss these dynamics, including online strategized recruitment.

The speakers will explore how/why terror organizations control women’s agency and freedoms, including for seriously needed social services.

 Distinguished Speakers:


  • Ms. Farhana Qazi –Elliott School of International Security: George Washington University, Government Consultant & Author
  • Dr. Dubravka Simonovic – UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women – Invited
  • Member of the European Parliament for UK – The Honorable Julie Ward
  • Dr. Diana Peterson– IPES-International Police Executive Symposium
  • Ms. Luisa Kislinger – Venezuela Women’s Coalition
  • Ms. Shawl Shamim – International Muslim Women’s Union – UN Representative
  • WIIS – Women in International Security
  • Syria Woman Speaker via IFE-EFI
  • Member of the European Parliament for UK, The Honorable Julie Ward

Moderator: Ms. Lois A. Herman – Coordinator WUNRN-Women’s UN Report Network 


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