Exploring the Relationship between Gender-Based Violence and Radicalization in Jordan

The Arab Women Organization (AWO), ACTED, Information and Research Center - King Hussein Foundation (IRCKHF), The Center for Women’s Studies(CWS)
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Arabic, English
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European Union
Type of Resource
Research Paper

The research was carried out at the grassroots level as a baseline assessment within the framework of the project “Strengthening youth and female leadership in local and national decision-making processes across 3 MENA countries”. The goal of this research was to explore the relationship between gender-based violence (GBV) and radicalization in Jordan. Using a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods, a total of 238 interviews were conducted with women throughout Jordan, some of whom were community leaders and focal points of the Mosawa network, and others were women beneficiaries.  Overall, the study revealed a strong relationship between GBV and radicalization: areas or communities exhibiting higher rates of gender-based violence were also more likely to be exposed to and affected by radicalization. The study also revealed that women perceived themselves as the most vulnerable group to the impact of radicalization. Radicalization was perceived to be increasing and encouraging violence, in particular against women, and contributing to an increase in the marginalization of women and the denial of their rights in all aspects of their lives. In the brief, evidence-based recommendations are made for policy makers, public authorities, donors, civil society organizations, and women on how to mitigate the risks of radicalization and GBV in Jordan.

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