Women, Technology, Partnerships - Countering Terrorist use of the Internet

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March 6, 2017 • Westin Hotel Ottawa

This event  was  co-organized by the United Nations Counter-terrorism Executive Directorate (UNCTED), ICT for Peace Foundation (Switzerland) and the SecDev Foundation (Canada) as part of a global engagement project working with industry, and key stakeholders to develop community standards around the prevention of violent extremism online consistent with UN principles, including the Universal declaration of human rights, and UN Security Council resolution 1325 on the role of women in peace and security.

The event consisted of a one-day seminar, and two public evening events.   The one-day conference  was organized by SecDev Foundation and consisted of three roundtable discussions. An agenda and short report from this event are provided below.  The first evening event  was cohosted by the Canadian International Council in Ottawa, second event was held in Montréal cohosted by the Montréal Institute for Genocide Studies.

This event was supported by the Government of Canada and CIC National Capital Branch, and is part of the UNCTED/ICT4Peace current global engagement project working with industry, and key stakeholders to develop community standards around the prevention of violent extremism online consistent with UN principles, including the Universal declaration of human rights.

A key take away from  the discussions at all three events included inter alia the following points: “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.”

Download the Agenda