Women without Borders was delighted to welcome Mr. Ben Emmerson QC, and UN Special Rapporteur on promoting human rights while countering terrorism to our headquarters in Vienna on the occasion of UNODC Panel Discussion on Victims of Terrorism. Mr Emmerson, an international human rights lawyer, achieved certain notoriety when accepting his mandate by drawing international attention to victims: “There can be no discussion on human rights in counter-terrorism without a discussion on the human rights of the victims.”
Mr Emmerson applauded Women without Borders innovative approach to the position of victims and their potential role in peace-building efforts and promotion of alternative narratives on a community level. Indeed, our gendered strategy is both rare and effective, he commented, precisely because whilst terrorism has a predominantly male face, more than half of the affected populations are women. In balance to the previous decade of hard responses to radicalization, he stressed how the work of Women without Borders develops the distinctive role women can play in the security sphere.