On October 15-16, the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) hosted a regional workshop in Istanbul, Turkey, on the subject of the United States and gender, national security, and counter-terrorism. The fourth in a series of regional workshops in North America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, it aimed to generate recommendations for how the United States can ensure that its diplomatic, military, and development assistance to counter-terrorism in these regions advances gender equality. The discussion encompassed impacts on women and men, as well as the ways in which counter-terrorism measures use and affect gender stereotypes, including those relating to sexual orientation and gender identity.

These workshops are part of CHRGJ's United States and Gender, National Security, and Counter-Terrorism Project, which was initiated to increase awareness and discussion of the gender-related impacts on women and LGBTI individuals of U.S. counter-terrorism measures both in the U.S. and abroad. CHRGJ launched the project to build on the U.S. government’s increasing emphasis on gender and women’s rights in its strategies to combat extremism and radicalization. The project is directed by research director Jayne Huckerby (LL.M. '04) and managed by Gender, Human Rights, and Counter-Terrorism fellow Lama Fakih '08, with substantive consultation and input by CHRGJ faculty director Margaret Satterthwaite '99. The project is also based in the Global Justice Clinic, which Satterthwaite co-teaches with Huckerby.

Posted October 13, 2010