Women, Peace & Security Countering Violent Extremism: Where are the Women?

Date & Time
9:30 AM EDT
Gold Room (2168), Rayburn House Office Building

Join Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) for a discussion on “Countering Violent Extremism: Where are the Women?”

In February 2015, the White House convened a summit on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) as part of a global effort to make this issue a top international development priority. A holistic approach to CVE must include women, who are on the frontlines as negotiators, peacemakers and even perpetrators. CVE will only succeed when it incorporates the well-being of women and girls, and their persistent yet often thankless role as community peace-builders.

Join us for “Countering Violent Extremism: Where are the Women?” where our expert panelists will explore the roles women play as architects of security, protection and prevention strategies that are essential for success in CVE through the lens of their extensive research and field experiences.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee will host the event, which will be moderated by Jessica Huber, IFES Senior Gender Specialist. Panelists include:

  • Kathleen Kuehnast, Senior Gender Advisor, United States Institute of Peace
  • Leila Milani, Senior International Policy Advocate, Futures Without Violence
  • Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, Co-Founder and Executive Director, International Civil Society Action Network
  • Candace Rondeaux, Senior Program Officer, USIP and Director of the Researching Solutions to Violent Extremism Network

A light breakfast will be served.

Feel free to follow this event’s conversation on Twitter @IFES1987 and @IFESGender and by searching #UNSCR1325 and #HerVoteHerVoice.

The “Women, Peace and Security” breakfast series, hosted by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and IFES, raises current issues affecting women and girls in conflict and illuminates their determination and leadership to find peace. Each conversation is framed in the context of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and the U.S. Government’s National Action Plan on 1325.