This talk provides an overview of far-right violent extremism globally, with particular attention to its growth in the United States and Europe. It will explain its various forms over time and across nations, as well as its ideology, means of communication and networks, strategies and goals, and the spaces through which it seeks to recruit new adherents and motivate supporters to enact violent and terroristic actions. It also focuses on the changing role of women in far-right extremism and far-right terroristic violence.
This forum looked at the intersectionality of gender, violent extremism and human rights. Pro. Fionnuala Ni Aolain, the UN Special Rapporteur for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights while countering Terrorism, presented her report – on the human rights impact of policies and practices aimed at preventing and countering violent extremism.
This forum explored gender and violent extremism from two perspectives. Judith Gardner presented findings for discussion from the study of Somali women and girls experiences of Al Shaabab. David Duriesmith presented on the growth of interest in masculinities and violence extremism drawing on lessons he collaborated with Noor Huda Ismail on disengagement in South East Asia.
Dr. Sahla presented her findings from her research – Strange bedfellows: Women, Peace and Security and Countering Violent Extremism in Kenya. The study examines the impact of linking WPS with countering violent extremism on the ground in Kenya. Dr. Sahla argues that connecting Women Peace and Security agenda with violent extremism has had several damaging consequences for women and their communities. She finds that this new approach has precipitated the redirection of donor funding away from important gender initiatives and towards countering violent extremism, resulting in women’s additional stigmatisation, insecurity and exclusion.
Dr. Fatma Ali, the Principle Investigator of the GARVE project, introduced the project and network to the public. Marc Sommers presented his latest book – Trust-Based, Qualitative Field Methods: A Manual for Researchers of Violent Extremism, which is a practical guide to conducting high-quality, trust-based, qualitative field research on violent extremism.