Gender-Based Counter-Radicalization Messaging


  1. Thompson, M.
  2. Martins, B.
  3. Harmes, D.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Toronto Research Centre , Toronto ON (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
The following report is in support of Defence Research and Development Canada’s multi-year research activity on “The Role of Women and Gender in the Radicalization Process and the Maintenance of Extremist Groups,” which seeks to address the involvement of women in both promoting and countering extremist activities and to better understand the gender dimensions of radicalization and extremism. Despite the importance of this topic, little research attention has been paid to the roles and perspectives of women in the context of radicalization and extremism. Thus, this work seeks to contribute towards a more comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms that draw women, in particular, towards extremist ideologies, as well as the methods that can prevent their involvement. This research activity considers the current state of women’s participation in radicalization and violent extremism, elaborates on existing counter-radicalization and Counter-Violent Extremism (CVE) programs, and adopts best practices from the influence and persuasion literature to generate a series of prototype gender-based counter-radicalization messages. Such messages are intended to counter extremist narratives and to offer alternatives to radicalization. Messages are designed for social media, for radio/TV, or for in-person settings within the expeditionary environment.

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Gender-based analysis;Radicalization;Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2018-C133 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Jul 2018
Number of Pages
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