Although they're not alone in shouldering the weight of the counter-terror financing legal environment, "the specific profile of women's rights organizing and organizations has meant that they experience these rules in a number of adverse and often gender-specific ways," according to a new report from Women Peacemakers Program and the International Human Rights Clinic at Duke University Law School, Tightening the Purse Strings: What Countering Terrorism Financing Costs Gender Equality and Security.
While 87% of the report's survey respondents said their work involved countering terrorism and/or violent extremism, 90% said that counterterrorism measures had an adverse impact on their work, and the report notes that counter-terror financing regimes have exacerbated this. Ultimately, these measures have dictated how, where and sometimes if women's rights organizations can undertake their core work.
Read the full report here.
Charity & Security Network has joined 80 other organizations in a statement expressing concern about the potential harm to Muslim civil society if the Muslim Brotherhood is designated as a terrorist organization.
The statement, signed by civil, human rights and faith-based groups, warns that such a designation could "lead to the stigmatization and targeting of American Muslim civil society, including non-profits, charities, religious organizations, and activists." The statement notes that numerous scholars and national security and foreign policy experts from across the political spectrum have voiced concern regarding the validity of such a designation. A designation, the statement continues, would continue the current smear campaigns again prominent American Muslims and organizations using "six degrees of separation" accusations.
With the launch of our new report, Financial Access for U.S. Nonprofits, the first-ever empirical data on the issue gives new insight to the problem known as "derisking."
Hear from the report's authors about the findings, stakeholder perspectives and possible solutions.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
* Sue Eckert, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Center for New American Security and report author
* Kay Guinane, Director, Charity & Security Network and report author
* Andrea Hall, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, Charity & Security Network and report author
* Dawn Sikorski, Corporate Counsel, Islamic Relief USA