Worried by the growing threat of terrorism and violent extremism in
West Africa and its grave impact on women, WANEP held a
roundtable discussion to commemorate the 2015 International
Women’s Day under the theme: “Make it Happen!” The round table
discussion titled; “Women Unite against Violent Extremism in West Africa” was part of strategies to highlight women’s contribution to countering violent extremism from a preventive perspective.
Participants brainstormed on the causes of violent extremism and their consequences on women, probed the factors that perpetrate women’s vulnerability, explored strategies women can use to counter violent extremism and how civil society can support women and girls in tackling these challenges. A Press release on the 2015 IWD was also presented at this occasion.