Sisters Network

Sisters Network iniatitive by Lamu Youth Alliance has been implementing and studies indicate the following as drivers of radicalization and violent extremism amongst women population.

Search for better paying jobs- women often trapped by conmen and recruiters who pose as job agents promising them jobs in Saudi Arabia only to find themselves in extremist camps

Poverty and lack of capacity to sufficiently meet basic needs. – Women opt to allow their sons, husbands to join extremist group with a hope of financial support from the income they earn. In order to keep contacts with these loved once they have no option but to support activities of extremist group within their communities

Maintain of relationship –some women join extremist camps in the pursuit to join their husbands or sons or visit the graves of those who died in the fights.

Limited or lack of formal and religious education – The women are easily indoctrinated and lured into extremism due to ignorance and lack of understanding.

Constant harassment from security agents because of close relatives’ connection with extremist groups. Some women support activities of extremist or join extremist camps for protection from government harassments.

Why And How These Drivers Affect The Population Group

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    Girls at the coast stop education very early before 18years. Majority dropping out at primary level and the few who proceed to secondary school only a handful succeed to finish form four and move to colleges. This is as a results of poverty, parental neglect, child pregnancy and community negative attitudes and perception of the girl child. The girls is often seen as a source of income often given out to work as house maids for the family to receive an income of offered for marriage for the family to earn from the dowry. In many tourist town they are given out for prostitutions for the family to get support from the sponsors. The lack of formal education that offer opportunities for better paying job women often get trapped by conmen and recruiters who pose as job agents promising them jobs in Saudi Arabia only to find themselves in extremist camps. Some of the women are easily indoctrinated and lured into extremism due to religious ignorance and lack of understanding.

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    Majority of the women at the coast are the family bread winners. However they depend on very small business that earns them very little income. This is due to absentee fathers, irresponsible polygamous husband or single parenthood resulting from child pregnancy or pregnancy outside wedlock. Therefore most are poor and look out for any opportunity to improve their income. Majority have remained unable to cater for their family needs even their children’s education. The children often drop out of school at a young age and remain at home. In order to lessen the burden some allow their sons, daughters and jobless husbands to join extremist group with a hope of financial support from the income they earn.

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    Husband, sons who leave for engagement with these extremist groups call hope to keep the families updated of their wellbeing. The women are threatened to keep this information secrete so as to ensure their relatives is kept alive and that they keep communicating. Some are even given an opportunity to visit them at the camp and spend time with them. However all this comes with a price. The women are expected to support all activities of the extremist group without questions and keep their secret at all cost.

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    Some women support activities of extremist for protection from government constant harassments by security agents. As security agents seek for more information from relatives of violent extremism suspects they use a lot of force that scares them away even when they have important information. Most women testify that the extremist treat them more kindly if they cooperate but security agents treat them as criminals in case they

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