Women should be given priority in all strategies on Countering Violent Extremism.
The Central government has been further urged to consider the Women pillar in all national strategies for preventing and Countering Violent Extremism.
Director Mombasa County Countering Violent Extremism Action Plan Munira Khamis said women are very instrumental in the fight against violent extremism if given the priority and fully capacitated.
While addressing a two day Mombasa annual Countering violent extremism conference at Shanzu in Mombasa on Thursday, Ms. Khamis said adequate resources and efforts should be geared towards women to enable them detect early symptoms on their radicalized children.
She said the Women pillar was earlier left out by the Central government thus incapacitating the most important angle in preventing and countering violent extremism.
She revealed that Mombasa County was in top gear implementing the 11 pillars of the five year Countering Violent Extremism-CVE Action Plan.
“Despite all the efforts implemented by women in Countering Violent Extremism, they are not fully empowered, the Central government should recognise and support women groups to drive the fight against violent extremism,” noted Ms. Munira.
She said women lacked adequate information about extremism that’s why they are yet to take the lead role.
“If we empower women, educate them on all important aspects about Countering Violent Extremism and stabilise them financially we’ll no longer talk about countering but preventing violent extremism,” she said.
Munira divulged that the County has for the last one year made positive impact in countering violent extremism among locals and specifically the youths.
She said youth are vulnerable and urged parents to be more vigilant and value family unit.
She said family unit remains influential in not only Countering Violent Extremism but also curbing crime in Mombasa.