Violent Extremism in Kenya: Why Women are a Priority

Authored by: Irene Ndung’u, Uyo Salifu and Romi Sigsworth

Categories: Violent Conflict
Sub-Categories: Countering Violent Extremism, Economic Participation, National Security Forces and Armed Groups, Violent Extremism
Country: Kenya
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
Year: 2017
Citation: Ndung’u, Irene, Uyo Salifu, and Romi Sigsworth. Violent Extremism in Kenya: Why Women Are a Priority. Report. November 2017.

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There is growing global recognition that women play multiple roles both within violent extremist organisations and in preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE). However, very little is known about women and violent extremism in the context of Kenya.

Through focus group discussions with women in affected communities and individual interviews with three al-Shabaab returnees and other stakeholders – including government officials, donors and civil society – this study aimed to gain insights into the roles that women play in relation to violent extremism in Kenya, the gendered impacts of radicalisation and violent extremism, and the efficacy of current responses to violent extremism in relation to women.