Naval Staff and Command College Newport United States
We have a limited view of women as victims of terrorism, because of a strategic blind spot. This blind spot keeps us from understanding the complexity of women and terrorism and the multiple roles women play as perpetrators, victims, resisters, and solution finders. Thus, this hinders our ability to develop effective programs to counter violent extremism CVE. However, if we understand the complexity of womens roles we can develop better programs to prevent and to counter violent extremism, specifically in Africa. This paper discusses how AFRICOM can include women as an active part of the counter terrorism conversation by treating men and two mens potential for violence equally, including local women in planning CVE programs, and increasing women as part of national security forces.