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Terrorists have increasingly focused recruitment efforts on women. Wilson Center Africa Program Scholar Frederick Ogenga is studying the phenomenon to better understand the role of women in violent extremism in Kenya and the role that media can play in framing, portraying, and maybe even preventing the activity. Can an African-centric media approach contribute to preventing women from becoming involved in facilitating and perpetrating terrorism? And what lessons can governments, international actors, and Kenyan media learn from how media in other regions of Africa affected by terrorism have approached these issues? Dr. Ogenga’s search for answers to these questions and more provides the focus for this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

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The Africa Program works to address the most critical issues facing Africa and U.S.-Africa relations, build mutually beneficial U.S.–Africa relations, and enhance knowledge and understanding about Africa in the United States. The Program achieves its mission through in-depth research and analyses, including our blog Africa Up Close, public discussion, working groups, and briefings that bring together policymakers, practitioners, and subject matter experts to analyze and offer practical options for tackling key challenges in Africa and in U.S.-Africa relations.    Read more