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Lobby group: women vital in promoting peace and security

21 March 2014, 18:31

Mombasa - A lobby group in Mombasa wants the government to consider including women on matters of promoting peace and security in Kenya.

Haki Africa group, director Husein Khalid, says women have been sidelined in the national agenda of maintaining state peace and therefore they should not be discriminated.

“We urge the government to ensure they include women in peace and security initiatives. Only by doing so will we completely address insecurity in our society and the entire country as a whole,” said Khalid.

He said women play a key role in the society and therefore should be involved in influencing key personalities to adopt peaceful means of resolving conflict.

“Women can play a key role by speaking against violence. In the face of violence its women and children who bear the brunt,” he added.

The move comes as many of families on the coast remain widows after their husbands were killed by unknown people in connection with terror group.

Khalid said in a bid to curb youth radicalization and terrorism, women should be in the fore front to deliver critical information which could  help police quickly identify criminals.

Mombasa is in the list of leading terror recruitment zones in East Africa where majority of the youth are recruited to join illegal terror groups .

However it has been discovered that poverty and illiteracy levels on the coast are some of the reasons why majority of the youth are lured to join terrorism.

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