Thank you Madam President,
The EU would like to thank the Special rapporteur for her report on the human rights impact of counter‑terrorism and countering violent extremism policies and practices on the rights of women, girls and the family.
The EU is strongly committed to preventing and countering the challenges posed by radicalization and terrorism through a holistic approach, embedded in human rights and fundamental freedoms. These rights, particularly of women and girls, deserve due consideration in security policy. In this regard, we reiterate our commitment to promote and support the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolutions on women, peace and security.
The Special Rapporteur’s report underlines the importance of careful consideration of gender in countering terrorism and violent extremism. It highlights how women and girls can be disproportionally impacted by the consequences of security policies on the rights to freedom of expression, privacy, family life, civic space, and the sanctity of the home.
We take note of the Special Rapporteur’s concerns about the upsurge of such regulations and their increasing intrusion into private and family life. The report describes how these policies and practices may directly and indirectly affect the rights of individual family members.
The specific needs of women and girls who are victims and survivors of acts of terrorism may also not be properly met. This is all the more reason to ensure that counter-terrorism measures are not used to stifle the work of women human rights defenders and women-led civil society organisations.
Tackling women’s under-representation in the security sector and incorporating a gender perspective renders counter-terrorism law and policy more thorough, sustainable and protective. Specifically, we need to listen to women human rights defenders, advance women empowerment and encourage equal participation in all levels of decision making.
Madam Special Rapporteur, could you share any best practices on how to ensure the full, equal and meaningful participation of women and girls in the development and implementation of counter-terrorism policies?