SISTERS WITHOUT BORDERS
WIIS currently chairs the “Sisters without Borders” consortium that brings together women in different organizations championing security issues within their community and nation at large.
“Sisters Without Borders” is a national platform of women working for the prevention of violent extremism. The platform was created in 2014 out of deep concern of the effects of violent extremism on our families and in communities in Kenya.
The platform aims at networking for the socio-economic and political empowerment of women and supporting the development and implementation of the forthcoming Kenyan National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security.
WIIS – TALKS is a project aimed at inspiring and motivating young people from Kenya through use of role models who have successfully championed positive ideas and initiatives within society. The activity is carried out through use of symposiums where identified speakers provide a continuous story format presentation of their topic, to inspire young people attending the symposium. The symposium is open to the public especially community members giving opportunity for the speaker to share their story to wider audience.
As the country continues to address the growing threats of terrorism and violent extremism (VE) there I a realization that women are no longer victims but are increasingly taking a center role in terrorism and VE. Lesson learnt from previous peace building projects have emphasized on the key role women play in fostering community resilience and in influencing world-views and attitudes among young people hence should be looked at as key pre-requisite in interventions that are geared towards prevention and countering VE. During discussions with communities and leaders in 2016, communities felt they need to engage women leaders in the community to advance effort of countering VE as well as engage legislators to ensure policies address drivers of why women sympathize, join or become active member of violent extremism.
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