Violent Extremism: A Challenge for Pacifist Feminism


  • Carmen Magallón Portolés Fundación SIP (Seminario de Investigación para la Paz)


Paraules clau:

violent extremism, peace, pacifist feminism.


The right of women to participate in peace processes was finally recognised and promoted by the international community in UN Security Council Resolution 1325/2000. This victory for reason was a long time coming. Diverse women thinkers and groups began pondering the issue over a century ago and they followed the path of anti-war initiatives. It is they who sowed the seeds of Pacifist Feminism. This participation has led to various achievements when it comes to: starting negotiations; resuming negotiations after stalemate; extending agreements; broadening the issues addressed; taking gender into account. Over the last few decades, armed violence against the population has widened and shifted in scope: most of the active armed conflicts in the world involve home-grown Violent Extremism (VE), which affects both the Global South and North. The paper discusses what the emergence of VE means for Pacifist Feminism, the challenges it poses and the core of the debate, strategies and action within the context of growing globalised cyber-activism.


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Biografia de l'autor/a

Carmen Magallón Portolés, Fundación SIP (Seminario de Investigación para la Paz)

Carmen Magallón has a PhD in Physics and a Post-Graduate Degree in Philosophy. She is a tenured university Lecturer in the Humanities, is Full Professor of the Institute, and Associate Professor at Universidad de Zaragoza, where she co-founded the Inter-disciplinary Seminar on Women’s Studies. She is the President of Fundación SIP (Research Seminar for Peace) and is a member of the WILPF academic network (Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom) and of WILPF España. Her latests book, co-written with Sandra Blasco and with a prologue by Elena Grau, is titled “Feministas por la paz” [Feminists for Peace], published by La Liga Internacional de Mujeres por la Paz y la Libertad (WILPF) en América Latina y España, Barcelona: Icaria, 2020. More information at:ón


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Com citar

Magallón Portolés, C. (2020) “Violent Extremism: A Challenge for Pacifist Feminism”, Debats. Revista de cultura, poder i societat, 5, pp. 219–231. doi: 10.28939/iam.debats-en.2020-13.