UfM and UN join forces to strengthen role of women and young people in preventing violent extremism

July 24, 2017
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Around 40 experts, academics, practitioners and advocates met on 18-19 July, 2017 in Barcelona to identify key priority actions and approaches towards enhancing the roles of women and youth as key actors in preventing violent extremism in the Euro-Mediterranean region, in a meeting organised by the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), the UNDP, and UN Women.

The aim of the meeting was to take stock of current research and experience on preventing extremism and radicalisation with a specific focus on the roles of women and youth, while also discussing approaches and lessons learned at the regional and national levels and identifying needs and key areas for future interventions in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

The experts emphasised the impact of violent extremism on populations, and in particular spoke of the often overlooked impact on women and youth in particular.

To this end the meeting reaffirmed that while women and youth can play a significant role in preventing violent extremism, they need to be supported and empowered to do so. It was noted that the drivers of recruitment and radicalisation vary according to local context, and as such, prevention strategies must be tailored and nuanced in order to be effective. Furthermore, these strategies must be better-coordinated among practitioners, local authorities, regional and multilateral organisations, and civil society in order to achieve sustainable impact.


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Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia