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The Horn: How Women’s Support Energises Somalia’s Al-Shabaab
The Horn: How Women’s Support Energises Somalia’s Al-Shabaab
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The Horn: How Women’s Support Energises Somalia’s Al-Shabaab

The Horn of Africa faces myriad crises. Beyond the potentially devastating impact of COVID-19 on politics and the economy, the region is grappling with deeply troubled transitions, cross-border jihadism and remains a playground for great power competition. In this Episode, Host Alan Boswell and Azadeh Moaveni, Crisis Group’s Senior Analyst for Gender, discuss women's roles within Al-Shabaab.

S1 Episode 7: How Women’s Support Energises Somalia’s Al-Shabaab
 

The Al-Shabaab insurgency remains a potent force in Somalia. One understudied source of its resilience is the support it enjoys among Somali women, despite the group’s patriarchal ethos, strict gender ideology and brutal methods. 

Azadeh Moaveni, Crisis Group’s Senior Analyst for Gender, joins Alan to discuss women’s roles within the movement, from intelligence gathering, to fundraising, to arms carrying and to recruitment. 

Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

For more information, see our briefing: Women and Al-Shabaab’s Insurgency.

This episode was originally published on 28 June 2019.