Engaging Women in Preventing and Countering Extremist Violence in Kenya

Abdilatif ( M. )
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United Nation, United States 
Kenya, Women, Countering Extremism, Violence 
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Engaging Women in Preventing and Countering Extremist Violence in Kenya is articulated in the
UN Women Strategic Note 2014 -2018 which contributes to the Kenya development priorities in
Kenya’s Vision 2030 as articulated in its 2nd Medium Term Plan (2014-2018), under the
economic, social and the political pillars and well aligned to the United Nations Development
Assistance Framework for Kenya (2014-2017). This project was informed by the Secretary
General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism in line with Security Council resolution
2242 (2015) which calls for protection and empowerment of women as a central consideration
of strategies devised to counter terrorism and violent extremism. To achieve this, UN Women,
in collaboration with National Cohesion and Integration Commission and National Counter
Terrorism Centre; Civil Society, Office of the President (Government of Kenya), National
Steering Committee on Peace-building and Conflict Management and women organizations
implemented this project starting from April 1st 2016 to March 31st 2017 in 5 counties that are
particularly vulnerable to radicalization, recruitment and attacks including; 3 coastal counties
(Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi) and 2 counties in northern Kenya (Wajir and Mandera). The project
had two key outcomes; (i) undertake targeted and gender sensitive research on the drivers that
motivate men and women to join its violent extremism that can inform an evidence based
approach to prevention and response efforts; and (ii) strengthening the capacity of women’s
civil society groups to engage in efforts to prevent and counter extremist violence. The project
budget was USD $750,000 funded with the generous support of the Government of Japan. As per
commitment of UN Women with the Government of Japan about conducting final evaluation by
external team, the UN Women Kenya Country Office commissioned the final evaluation to on a
competitive basis. This report is the final deliverable of the evaluation. 
55 p.; illus.; 25 cm 
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