Celebrating International Women’s Day 2021

On this International Women’s Day, ICCT is celebrating women in leadership. This page offers a showcase of key works by women authors. Furthermore, it highlights some essential papers on the role of gender in counter-terrorism.

Diversity and inclusion is a cornerstone of ICCT’s work, and an essential part of impartial and effective research. We always encourage female authors to submit their works to the ICCT journal. Our author guidelines can be found here.

1️⃣ What is the role of gender in counter-terrorism policy? This research paper by Jessica White argues that a gender lens is essential for effective counter-terrorism practices and policies. This is due to the importance of gender roles within communities and radicalisation narratives. 

2️⃣ How has the role of women changed over time in US counter-terrorism? ICCT’s Joana Cook wrote the book A Woman’s Place traces this evolution, and provides necessary context behind flawed assumptions and stereotypes in counter-terrorism.

3️⃣ The Capitol Attacks are still fresh in the public memory. This week, FBI Director Chistopher Wrey called it an act of domestic terrorism. In this perspective, Joana Cook and Tanya Mehra investigate how the acts should be defined and what implications this has.

4️⃣ How can analysing gender dynamics improve our understanding of violent extremist groups? From young, lone men carrying out terrorist attacks, to the families of  foreign fighters who traveled to Iraq and Syria. View the ICCT Live Briefing on this here.

5️⃣ Why is it crucial to confront gender biases in media reporting and counter-terrorism? This policy brief by Jesica Davis applies a gendered analysis to the oft-overlooked threat of female members of Islamic State. 

6️⃣  Why do women get overlooked as active participants of extremism? Gender blindness and simplistic frames persist and women violence is downplayed. ICCT Associate Fellow Seran de Leede explores the motivations of women joining far-right extremist groups in this paper.

7️⃣ Girls in Mali have been hit disproportionally hard by the increased violence. Our MERIT Project focuses on resilience to violent extremism across all youth through community empowerment. Read how the Malian youth can become the key driver of change.

ICCT is proud to join the Gender Champions Network chapter in Den Haag. As an institution we pledge to educate our staff on applying gender analysis to our work, and stopping stereotypes and harmful gendered norms.