The Community of Democracies is hosting a policy session on “Women: A Powerful Force for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism” at the Women Political Leaders Summit on Friday 8th June.


The policy session will seek to facilitate a continued conversation on the findings of the CoD’s Democracy and Security Dialogue that highlighted the positive effect of female empowerment and gender equality on the success, impact and sustainability of countering violent extremism (CVE) and preventing violent extremism (PVE) programming.

 The session will explore how gender-based approaches to CVE/PVE may enhance the impact of these responses. Aiming to identify good practices for increasing women’s political participation in this regard, the session will gather female politicians as well as representatives from international and regional organizations.


  • Thomas E. Garrett, Secretary General, Community of Democracies.


  • Fauzyia Abdi Ali, President of Women in International Security (WIIS) Kenya;
  • Cheryl Frank, Head of the Transnational Threats and International Crime Division, Institute for Security Studies;
  • Audra Čiapienė, Minister Counsellor, MFA of Lithuania;
  • Clare Hutchinson, Special Representative for Women Peace and Security, NATO;
  • E. Aminata Touré, Special Adviser to the President of Senegal.

About the Women Political Leaders Summit 2018 

The Summit is a joint initiative of the Women Political Leaders Global Forum (WPL) and the Parliament of Lithuania. Lithuania is an active member of the CoD’s Governing Council and a strong advocate for women’s rights. The Summit in Vilnius will bring together more than 200 female political leaders from across the world as well as experts and leaders from academia, business and civil society. The event will provide an opportunity to exchange best practices and lessons learned on women’s role in political decision making.

The Community of Democracies is an official partner of the WPL Summit 2018.