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Tightening the Purse Strings: What countering terrorism financing costs gender equality and security

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  • 8 May 2017
  • Speakers: Isabelle Geuskens, Jayne Huckerby, Zarina Khan 
  • Chair: Zeynep Kaya
  • #LSEGenderPVE 

The report, Tightening the Purse Strings: What Countering Terrorism Financing Costs Gender Equality and Security, analyses how countering terrorism financing rules impact women’s rights organising, women’s rights organisations, and gender equality.

Introduced in the aftermath of the events of September 11, 2001, the international community brought a new focus and urgency to prioritising countering terrorism financing, including through criminalisation, sanctions and freezing of assets, and de-risking. To date, the gender and human rights implications of these countering terrorism financing policies have escaped scrutiny. Tightening the Purse Strings: What Countering Terrorism Financing Costs Gender Equality and Security represents the culmination of research, interviews, surveys, and statistical analysis carried out by the International Human Rights Clinic at Duke University School of Law and the Women Peacemakers Program in the Hague, the Netherlands, to begin to fill this gap in understanding how responses to terrorism and violent extremism may in practice squeeze women’s rights and their defenders between terror and counter-terror. As a direct and indirect result of these rules, women’s rights organisations have lost critical access to resources, as well as the ability to fully use banking facilities, all of which circumscribes how, where, and in some cases, even if, women’s rights organisations can undertake their core work on mobilising human rights, gender equality, and advancing the women, peace, and security agenda. 

Speakers 

Isabelle Geuskens
Isabelle Geuskens is Executive Director of the Women Peacemakers Program.
 
Jane Huckerby
Jayne Huckerby is Clinical Professor of Law and Inaugural Director of the Duke International Human Rights Clinic.
 
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Zarina Khan is Director (maternity cover) of the Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS) 
 
Zeynep Kaya
Zeynep Kaya is a Research Officer at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security and Research Fellow at the LSE Middle East Centre.
 

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