Do not ignore women in war on terrorism

What you need to know:

  • Media reports of the Sunday Mombasa incident show that one of the attackers had previously been arrested by the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit.
  • The women's potential in addressing terrorism is also often overlooked since such violence, including suicide bombings, has been traditionally perceived as the preserve of men.
  • The media’s portrayal of terrorism in general and women’s role in it in particular is important because of the role it plays in the social construction of reality that would influence both the public and policymakers when responding to female violent extremism in sub-Saharan Africa.

Even though women are increasingly involved in terrorism in Africa, it has become evident that their role is not well understood.

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