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Published on Mar 13, 2017

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Women can help prevent violent extremism. Women also commit violent extremist acts. Women can be cheerleaders, and women are often victims. These truths are made more complex as more and more women across the globe leapfrog onto the internet. Now more than ever, there is great potential for women to amplify their outreach and impact in preventing violent extremism. But with this empowerment comes increased risk.

Join us for a discussion on the complex role of women in the prevention of violent extremism, with a special focus on the role of the internet in amplifying this impact, and also in channeling the risks.

Dr. Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini is the Co-founder and Executive Director of International Civil Society Action network and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. She has served on the Advisory Board of the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF), and was appointed to the Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG) on Resolution 1325, chaired by Mary Robinson in 2010, and was the first Senior Expert on Gender and Inclusion on the UN’s Mediation Standby Team. Since 2013, she has served in the Working Group on Gender and Inclusion of the Sustainable Development Network and provides guidance and training to senior personnel in UN agencies, governments and NGOs worldwide, and works is in conflict-affected countries globally.

Dr. Sheema Khan writes a regular column for the Globe and Mail on Islam and Muslims. She is the author of “Of Hockey and Hijab: Reflections of a Canadian Muslim Woman” and is a regular speaker on issues pertaining to Islam, Muslims, and pluralism helping to foster bridges of understanding. One of her endeavours has been “The Family Honour Project”, a comprehensive, multinational approach towards combatting honour-based violence. In 2016, she was selected as a presenter for the prestigious Tedx series, and the Aga Khan Museum lecture series “Islam and the 21st century”. She completed a B.Sc in Chemistry at McGill, followed by a Master’s degree in Physics and a PhD in Chemical Physics at Harvard.

Dr. Camino Kavanagh is an Advisor to the Geneva-based ICT4Peace Foundation. In 2016 she led the Foundation’s work on international security/ICTs, and directs a joint project with the UN Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate on private sector engagement in responding to terrorist use of ICT. She also serves as the lead consultant for the UN Group of Governmental Experts on Developments in the Field of ICT in the Context of International Security. Her PhD was awarded by the Department of War Studies, King’s College London and focused on information technology, sovereignty and the state. She has also spent more than fifteen years working in conflict and post-conflict settings, including UN peacekeeping operations and post conflict reform advisor in Africa, Central America and Southeast Asia.

Deirdre Collings is the co-founder and Executive Director of The SecDev Foundation, an Ottawa-based think-do tank dedicated to building a better world through digital empowerment. Much the Foundation’s assistance is directed towards protecting and empowering the resilience of at-risk populations -- leveraging new technologies, in-field support teams and policy engagement. Previously, she worked for over two decades with the United Nations, NGOs, the University of Cambridge and the Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security, on, and in, countries affected by war and instability, in the Middle East, Africa and countries of the former Soviet Union.

The discussion will be moderated by Rafal Rohozinski, senior fellow for Future Conflict and CyberSecurity at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies. Rafal is also the CEO and Chief Innovation Officer at SecDev and co-founder of SecDev Foundation where among other things he led the work on Countering Violent Extremism online under the Government of Canada’s Kanishka programme.

This special panel is organized in cooperation with the United Nations Counterterrorism Executive Directorate (UNCTED), the ICT for Peace Foundation, the SecDev Foundation and supported by Public Safety Canada. For further information about violent extremism and the Internet, visit: http://preventviolentextremism.info


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