New: Gender and Identity Factors Platform for Countering Violent Extremism and Counterterrorism Initiative

This Initiative, led by Canada and the United Nations Office of Counterterrorism (UNOCT), aims to raise awareness about the value of integrating the analysis of the impact of gender and other identity factors (such as age, race, ethnicity, ability, nationality) in response to violent extremism and terrorism, as well as provide practical tools and resources to support and develop more effective and sustainable P/CVE and CT policies and capacity building programs. The Gender and Identity Factors Platform on Countering Violent Extremism and Counterterrorism will equip stakeholders with resources and training materials to apply a more effective analytical approach to respond to violent extremism and terrorism, and a preliminary train the trainer program as part of its rollout to equip an initial group of technical specialists to use these materials in their work. The content of the Platform will be developed over 2020 and 2021, and is expected to be finalized for Ministerial endorsement in September 2021. The initiative will work closely with the CVE Working Group, recognizing that gender is a key focus area under its 2019-2021 Work Plan. The Policy Toolkit on Gender and P/CVE proposed by Australia and Indonesia, which is also expected to be presented at the Coordinating Committee Meeting in September 2021, would contribute to the broader Platform as a standalone resource on the Platform’s online hub. The Initiative’s Leads intend to work closely with the United Nations to ensure the sustainability of the Platform and ensure its broadest possible dissemination.