International Conference on the Roles of Women and Children in Terrorism

The CDCT, in collaboration with other relevant bodies of the Council of Europe, namely, the Gender Equality Commission (GEC), the Steering Committee for the Rights of the Child (CDENF) and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe held an International Conference on the Roles of Women and Children in Terrorism at the Council of Europe Premises, in hybrid format, on 15-16 December 2021.

This Conference focused on the questions related to the involvement of women and children in terrorist activities and the challenges linked to their repatriation and reintegration into societies. Such discussions took place across five thematic sessions, addressing the roles of women and children, separately, in different terrorist organisations, the situation of returnees with links to “Daesh”, reintegration and rehabilitation policies and finally, a parliamentary roundtable on measures taken by Council of Europe member States to repatriate and re-integrate the children from post-war and post-conflict areas.

The discussions brought together high-level representatives in this domain, including policymakers, parliamentarians, senior representatives from international organisations, academics, journalists and independent experts.