Countering Violent Extremism and Education and Employment
November 26, 2018
Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and Information Communication Technology (ICT)
November 26, 2018

After the 9/11 attacks, Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), a complimentary model to counter-terrorism strategies, has emerged as a key and complex area of research, encompassing ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ approaches. There are several definitions for CVE that have been conceptualised and debated by various agencies across the world. The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) refers to the study of CVE as countering the factors leading to individuals being drawn into terrorist recruitment, and also countering extremist influence among populations susceptible to radicalisation (Couture 2014). Gender, however, in the recent years is gaining influence as a potential crosscutting theme in CVE approaches in various countries. A gendered approach is vital in countering violent extremism because the actors, ideology, and actions involved are gendered. It has been noted that by neglecting the gendered aspects of violent extremism, strategies of policymakers are likely to have limited success (USIP 2015).

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