New research shows not only a direct link between violence against women and state security, but also that violence against women and gender relations have a causal effect on state stability.
Where male interests trump female interests, conflict is resolved through violence, and violence is met with impunity, this dynamic becomes the template for dealing with ethnic, religious, cultural, racial, and ideological differences in society as a whole.  Without interventions and prevention, the society becomes mired in discrimination, intolerance, and a propensity toward violence. 
There are cost effective, proven solutions to disrupt this trajectory, improve security, and prevent the spread of violence.  Women – and how they are treated – are critical to security.  Read our new report and take action.


As the world grapples with growing instability and rising violent extremism, what are proven ways to prevent and disrupt such violence?  Why are women targets of violence and what is their role in solutions?  How are youth affected and what enables their resilience?  What investments are needed in government priorities to enhance security?  Our new report offers research and recommendations to better tackle these issues.

Download the full report or our topic briefs on youth, women and extremism, cyber recruitment, psychological triggers, gender-based violence, and a case study on Boko Haram.

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World Bank Report

Futures Without Violence released our report “Linking the Security of Women and Security of States: A Policymaker Blueprint” at the World Bank Group on May 23rd, 2017. The report offers priority policy and programmatic recommendations, summarizes the relationship between violent extremism, gender-based violence, and trauma, and identifies approaches that improve resilience, support survivors, and contribute to better security outcomes. Among our presenters were Hilary Matfess, specialist on the intersection of security and governance in Sub-Saharan Africa, and an expert on Boko Haram,  Alexandra Arriaga, Consultant and Senior Advisor to FUTURES and principal writer of the report, and  Dr. Jim Mercy, Special Advisor for Global Activities in the Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Please share the key reports and articles about gender-based violence and violent extremism, first collected when we hosted a Summit in Washington D.C. in April of 2016. We will continue to update with relevant reading.