Religious groups we work with, in the fight against extremism, must have a commitment to universal rights – as well as peace.
Crucially, engagement with religious groups cannot come at the price of undermining rights.
The targeting of women’s rights is a strategy used by extremists to gain legitimacy within their communities.
The erosion of these rights is something women’s groups have been warning about for decades.
Sussan Tahmasebi, Director of MENA/Asia Program, International Civil Society Action Network. This article was originally published on Open Democracy