HRC 46th Session - Item 3 - The Nordic-Baltic states address the special rapporteur on human rights and counter terrorism

UN Human Rights Council 46th Session

HRC46: The Nordic-Baltic states address the special rapporteur on human rights and counter terrorism

Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism

Intervention by Denmark on behalf of NB8

4 March 2021

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Mdm. President,

I have the honour of speaking on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic countries.

Special Rapporteur, we thank you for your report and welcome the identification of gender mainstreaming and gendered effects of counter-terrorism, violent extremism and security laws as a fundamental aspect of your work.

You highlight how the counter-terrorism arena is often viewed as gender-neutral, yet it is dominated by male actors and informed by gendered stereotypes; an important recognition at the outset of this discussion.

While not agreeing with all views expressed in your report, we share your concerns about inter alia; targeting of women human rights defenders; sustained targeting of women and girls by non-State actors, including the widespread use of SGBV, rape and sexual slavery; and your finding that terrorism is particularly detrimental for women’s and girls’ rights.

We also share your concern about a lack of gender mainstreaming in countering terrorism and violent extremism practices. We believe that a gender-transformative approach is necessary to achieve sustainable results, as is the continued promotion of women’s meaningful participation in prevention and counter-terrorism efforts.

Mdm. Aoláin,

You mention that national policies have resulted in “gendered security harms”, even when Governments have sought to incorporate a gender perspective.

How do States ensure that a gender perspective in security policies will function as intended? 

Thank you.