The Women Preventing Extremist Violence (WPEV) is a pilot project of the USIP’s Gender and Peacebuilding team designed to increase women’s agency, influence and engagement in strengthening community level resilience to violent extremism. Through a training program and facilitated dialogues, USIP’s staff works with in-country partners to bring together representatives of women civil society and the security sector in an exploration of the local drivers of violent extremism, and potential strategies for prevention and improved collaboration. 

International Women's Day 2008 in Korgnegane, Bougouriba Province in the Burkina Faso
Photo Courtesy of Wiki Commons/Hugues

The WPEV project is currently being piloted in Nigeria and Kenya. A first series of workshops brought together a dozen women leaders of civil society organizations. A second series of dialogues sought to foster trust and communication between civil society and representatives of the police. The WPEV project culminated with an international symposium in March 2015 that highlighted the work of women civil society leaders from India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Tanzania, who presented their lessons learned and innovative ways to engage women in preventing extremist violence at the community level.

coverThe Thought for Action Kit

A collection of experts’ essays and exercises, designed to help guide activists and practitioners to engage in reflection and dialogue on violent extremism. 


Women and Countering Violent Extremism Strengthening Policy Responses and Ensuring Inclusivity

In July 2015, experts from civil society, the United Nations, academia, and the U.S. government discussed ways to include women in efforts to counter violent extremism. The debate directly informed U.S. government officials preparing for major international conferences on these issues in fall 2015.

Women Preventing Violent Extremism: Charting a New Course

In celebration of International Women's Day, the U.S. Institute of Peace hosted a meeting of 12 women civil society leaders from India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan and Tanzania on Friday, March 6.

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