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Italy with OSCE and Arab League to prevent violent extremism and radicalization leading to terrorism

The prevention of violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism is one of the OSCE priorities. The OSCE Department for Transnational Threats, and in particular the Counter-Terrorism Action Unit, works closely with the institutions of OSCE participating States and with civil society actors on promoting policies and programs to prevent and counter terrorism.

In this context, thanks to Italy’s financial support, the OSCE has produced an Arabic version of the publication “Understanding the Role of Gender in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization That Lead to Terrorism – Good Practices for Law Enforcement. The handbook proposes a gender-sensitive approach to the complex phenomenon of radicalization and violent extremism. According to the handbook, certain stereotypes and preconceptions that often relate to the status of women in certain cultural circles can play a marked role in the processes leading to radicalization. With this in mind, the OSCE publication illustrates how greater awareness of gender issues can improve the ability of the police apparatus to prevent and counter violent extremism.

The Arabic translation of the handbook, as part of Italy’s broader focus on advancing the OSCE Mediterranean Partnership through concrete actions and more incisive cooperation on issues of mutual interest, was presented in February 2020 in Cairo under the auspices of the Arab League.