Role of Women in Violent Extremism in Kenya

Authors/editor(s): Uyo Salifu and Irene Ndung’u

This is a policy brief on the role of women in violent extremism in Kenya.  Recruiters, spies, cooks and cleaners are just a few of the indirect roles women play in violent extremist groups such as al-Shabaab. The full extent of their involvement remains unknown, including their more direct role as perpetrators of violent extremist acts in Kenya. The indirect roles women play appear to be more prominent and are connected to the individual, socioeconomic, cultural and political contexts. Yet their involvement remains deeply nuanced and impervious to generalization.

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Bibliographic information

Geographic coverage: Africa; Kenya

Subject area(s): Peace and security

Resource type: Policy papers

Publication year: 2017

Publishing entities: UN; United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)