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Gender, National Security, and Counter-Terrorism

Human rights perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Margaret L. Satterthwaite, Jayne Huckerby


288 pages

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In the name of fighting terrorism, countries have been invaded; wars have been waged; people have been detained, rendered and tortured; and campaigns for "hearts and minds" have been unleashed. Human rights analyses of the counter-terrorism measures implemented in the aftermath of 11 September 2001 have assumed that men suffer the most—both numerically and in terms of the nature of rights violations endured. This assumption has obscured the ways that women, men, and sexual minorities experience counter-terrorism. By integrating gender into a human rights analysis of counter-terrorism—and human rights into a gendered analysis of counter-terrorism—this volume aims to reverse this trend. Through this variegated human rights lens, the authors in this volume identify the spectrum and nature of rights violations arising in the context of gendered counter-terrorism and national security practices. Introduced with a foreword by Martin Scheinin, former UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism, the volume examines a wide range of gendered impacts of counter-terrorism measures that have not been theorized in the leading texts on terrorism, counter-terrorism, national security, and human rights.

Gender, National Security and Counter-Terrorism will be of particular interest to scholars and students in the disciplines of Law, Security Studies and Gender Studies.


"This text features an impressive array of authors providing stereoscopic, interdisciplinary, and cross-cultural perspectives on the complex yet under-theorized relationship between terrorism and gender. It promises to sharpen our thinking about how terrorism and counter-terrorism efforts affect the daily lives of women and the way in which both phenomena can entrench gender stereotypes and discrimination. It offers critical guidance on designing counter-terrorism policies that will preserve and enhance the range of human rights—civil, political, economic, social and cultural—to which women are entitled." Professor Beth Van Schaak, Stanford University

Table of Contents

Introduction Margaret L. Satterthwaite and Jayne C. Huckerby Part 1: Gendered Erasures in Counter-Terrorism 1. Gendered Erasure in The Global "War on Terror": An Unmasked Interrogation, Ramzi Kassem 2. Gender and Counter-Radicalization: Women and Emerging Counter-Terror Measures, Katherine E. Brown 3.Gender, Terror, And Counter-Terrorism: Muslim American Youth Activism and Disappeared Rights, Sunaina Maira 4. Missing Indicators, Disappearing Gender: Measuring USAID’s Programming to Violent Counter Extremism, Margaret L. Satterthwaite Part 2: Gender Narratives in Counter-Terrorism 5. Unpacking The Trafficking-Terror Nexus, Jayne C. Huckerby 6. Feminism As Counter-Terrorism: The Seduction of Power, Vasuki Nesiah 7. Muslim Fundamentalism" And Human Rights In An Age Of Terror And Empire, Amna Akbar and Rupal Oza Part 3: Toward a Gender Account of Counter-Terrorism 8. Soft Measures, Real Harm: Somalia and The U.S. "War On Terror", Lama Fakih 9. When Are Women’s Rights Human Rights in Pakistan?, Amina Jamal 10. Close Encounters of the Female Kind in the Land of Counter-Terrorism, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin 11. Equal Opportunity Terrorism: Women Terrorists in Comparative Perspective, Margaret Gonzalez-Perez

About the Editors

Margaret Satterthwaite is Professor of Clinical Law and Faculty Director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law. Her scholarly publications focus on human rights and counter-terrorism, economic and social rights, and empirical methods in human rights.

Jayne Huckerby is a human rights consultant with U.N. Women and former Research Director and Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law. She is a legal expert on gender and constitutional reform, gender and counter-terrorism, anti-trafficking, gender budget initiatives, and violence against women.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Terrorism and the Law

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / International
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism