Gender and Terrorism

Project Expert

Catherine Powell

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy

About the Project

Terrorist groups such as the self-proclaimed Islamic State and Boko Haram increasingly target women and girls. As a result, integrating gender into the formulation and implementation of antiterrorism strategies is critical. The Project on Gender and Terrorism examines the effects of terrorism on women, their role in countering it, and how women’s empowerment can stem violent extremism more generally. The project also looks at the potential culpability of women as terrorists, including when forced into terrorist activity (i.e., through threats of violence). The project examines these issues through meetings of the Women and Foreign Policy roundtable seriesWomen Around the World blog posts, and other CFR publications.