Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced that on Thursday, April 3 the Committee will hold a hearing to examine how the education of women in countries prone to violent extremism can create economic opportunities and help counter the spread of radicalism.  The hearing entitled, “Women’s Education: Promoting Development, Countering Radicalism” will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Chairman Royce on the hearing:  “In too many places around the globe women are denied basic human rights, including the freedom to pursue an education and economic opportunity.  Study after study shows that educating women and girls produces tremendous benefits to society at large.  More women in the important roles as policy shapers, educators, community members and activists strengthen the stand against ideologies of violent extremism.  This hearing will examine the ways in which improved educational opportunities for women can better local economies and help counter the spread of radicalism.”


Hearing:  “Women’s Education: Promoting Development, Countering Radicalism”


10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 3


2172 Rayburn House Office Building


Hedieh Mirahmadi, Ph.D.
World Organization for Resource Development and Education

Ms. Humera Khan
Executive Director

Kathleen Kuehnast, Ph.D.
Gender and Peacebuilding Center
United States Institute of Peace