Empowering Women to Counter Terrorism

Women can be powerful poles for positive change and participate in innovative efforts to inform, shape and implement policies and programs to mitigate the effectsof conflict and violent radicalization”, said Gyorgy Busztin, Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (DSRSG), at the opening of the two-day National Conference on ‘Empowering Women to Address the Impact of Terrorism’.

The Conference, which brings together key government and United Nations officials, religious leaders, civil society representatives, and representatives of the international community, is jointly organized by the UN, the State Ministry of Women’s Affairs and the Kurdistan Region’s High Council of Women’s Affairs.

The conference  will focus on the impact of violent extremism and terrorism on Iraqi women and girls, particularly those from minorities’ communities; empowering women to counter radicalization and combat terrorism; participation of women in social cohesion and reconciliation; creating opportunities to enhance women’s representation and participation in power and decision-making; the role of the media and the internet in countering extremism; effective partnering in implementing frameworks on women, peace and security; and the role of women in building peace.

Moreover, the Conference builds on the regional conference “Women’s Resistance to Extremism and Terrorism and their Struggle for Rights, Peace and Security”, held in May 2015 in Erbil and on the endorsement of the Special Emergency Plan on the Implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 by the Council of Ministers in May as well. The Special Emergency Plan takes into consideration the impact of the current fight against ISIL on women, peace and security.

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