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Women Are Game Changers in Countering Violent Extremism: Part One

On March 18, 2015 a roundtable discussion was held in New York City, USA focused on women’s role in countering violent extremism (CVE). Organized by Hedayah, a United Arab Emirates based think-tank focused on CVE, as well as the Global Center on Cooperative Security, the roundtable brought practitioners, diplomats, civil society actors and UN personnel together to discuss this topic. This roundtable parallels the renewed international focus on UN Security Council Resolution 1325. This is Part One of a series that will examine this roundtable as well as other efforts currently underway that are working towards involving women in CVE programs and activities to a greater extent than historically realized.

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To view Part Two of this series please click here.


Victoria Heath
Victoria is a former Program Editor for Women in Security at the NATO Association of Canada. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2013 with a BA, honours degree in History and Political Science with a focus on the Middle East and women's rights. She was a member of AmeriCorps from 2013-2014 working at Great Oaks Charter School in Newark, NJ as a tutor and advisor for high-risk students. Her interests in security, women's rights and defense issues originate from her family's background in the U.S. military and growing up abroad in the Middle East. She has done previous research in U.S. Foreign Policy and Congressional affairs at Project Vote Smart, as well as research in women's health and refugee issues for the Lutheran World Federation in Kakuma, Kenya. She is also the creator of the Migration and Policy Coalition at the University of Toronto and the Co-Chair of the MGA Crisis Simulation 2016. She is currently pursuing her MGA at the Munk School of Global Affairs and is expected to graduate in 2016. You can connect with her @victoria_heath7 on Twitter or send her an email at