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UNICRI Workshop on Gender-Responsive Approaches to Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) in Mauritania

UNICRI Workshop on Gender-Responsive Approaches to Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) in Mauritania

Nouakchott, Mauritania -


A three-day workshop focused on integrating gender perspectives into preventing violent extremism (PVE) strategies concluded successfully in Nouakchott, Mauritania. Hosted from 27 to 29 February 2024, the event, facilitated by the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), brought together 25 representatives from key Mauritanian institutions, showcasing a strong interest in adopting gender-responsive PVE approaches.

The workshop was grounded in the findings of a recent research conducted by UNICRI in the context of the Gender-based Discrimination and Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) project in the Sahel. This initiative was generously supported by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

Participants included members from the Commissariat for Human Rights, Humanitarian Action, and Relations with Civil Society, the National branch for the fight against radicalization and violent extremism of the G5 Sahel (Cellrad), the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, and the Ministry of Social Affairs, Childhood, and Family. This diverse group ensured a comprehensive exploration of the challenges and opportunities at the intersection of gender and PVE.

Workshop Highlights

The workshop discussions centered around:

  • Addressing gender equality and combatting gender-based violence (GBV).
  • Refining Mauritania's PVE strategies through a gender lens.
  • Countering violent extremist groups' recruitment tactics with gender awareness.
  • Enhancing community engagement in PVE initiatives for effective interventions.

The workshop emphasized the significance of integrating gender perspectives when developing effective strategies for preventing violent extremism. The discussions paved the way for actionable insights and reinforced the commitment to gender-sensitive approaches in counter-terrorism efforts.

UNICRI extends its gratitude to all participating institutions and KOICA for their roles in the workshop.

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