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How Women’s Support Energises Somalia’s Al-Shabaab
How Women’s Support Energises Somalia’s Al-Shabaab
Podcast / Africa

How Women’s Support Energises Somalia’s Al-Shabaab

In this podcast, Horn of Africa expert Alan Boswell and Senior Analyst on Gender Azadeh Moaveni talk about Crisis Group’s field research on women’s roles within Somalia’s Al-Shabaab, and compare them to women’s roles with Nigeria’s Boko Haram and other Islamist groups.

Al-Shabaab has a surprisingly large social base among Somali women, despite the insurgent group’s patriarchal ethos, strict gender ideology and brutal methods. Horn of Africa expert Alan Boswell talks with our Senior Analyst on Gender Azadeh Moaveni about Crisis Group’s field research on women’s roles within the movement, from intelligence gathering, to fundraising, to arms carrying and to recruitment. She also draws on Crisis Group recent work in northeastern Nigeria and Syria.

Horn of Africa expert Alan Boswell talks with our Senior Analyst on Gender Azadeh Moaveni about women’s roles within Al-Shabaab. CRISISGROUP