A combination of family ties, the desire to avenge ill-treated loved ones and economic distress is driving some young Kenyan women into the arms of Somali terrorist group Al Shabaab. PHOTO | FILE
As security agents actively target and profile the more visible males, females play a vital role in keeping extremism working seamlessly.
Women’s involvement in violent extremism remains deeply nuanced and defies generalisation, according to a report.
Kenyan women have reportedly travelled to Somalia to join Al Shabaab, or have been recruiting for the group, masterminding terrorist attacks in Mombasa, forming terror cells, and channelling information and finances for terrorist organisations.