The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) in partnership with Lamu County Women Representative, Hon. Ruweida Mohammed Obo organised an interactive session with the women and youth in Lamu County on 8th to 9th March, 2019. The aim of the two different sessions was to empower, recognize and strengthen ties whilst deepening peaceful co-existence and social cohesion in the County. Some of the issues affecting the County is radicalisation of the youth and violent extremism. The forum brought together 153 women and 60 youths from various regions within the county such as Langoni, Mkomani, Shella/Manda, Faza and Kiunga. NCIC Assistant Director PBR Department, Mr. Liban Guyo, pointed out that it was wise of the youth to cooperate with security agencies in maintaining law and order that has resulted to a decline of crime in the County. He also urged the youth leaders to work closely with the community to eradicate radicalization and violent extremism as it plays a critical role in spreading peace and harmony in the region. Among the crucial matters that emerged and would ensure peace prevails were rehabilitating and reintegrating those involved in conflict and violent extremism back into society as ostracizing them makes them more vulnerable to extremism. Hon Ruweida Obo echoed that women are best placed to identify, predict and respond to potential vulnerabilities to violent extremism. In conclusion, she urged the women to spread peace messages at the grassroot level.

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