Women first to notice radicalization of individuals

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Women carry placards with messages of peace. Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Women are the first people to notice the radicalization of individuals within their families and communities, according to the head of the UN's gender-focused agency, UN Women.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka made the comment at a Security Council debate on Monday focusing on the role of women in conflict prevention in Africa.

Janie Cangelosi has more details.

Speaking in the Security Council the Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said the role women play in conflict prevention is often lauded, but rarely visible.

She said they are central to fighting the causes of conflict.

"Women are the first to notice attacks on their rights and freedoms and the militarization and radicalization of individuals in their families and communities. They possess important insights and intelligence which is key for decision making. "

Ms Mlambo-Ngcuka detailed a number of examples which she said demonstrated the positive role played by women in conflict prevention.

In Burundi, they are working as mediators to address local conflicts and prevent an escalation of tensions and in Mali they are helping ex-combatants to reintegrate into their families and communities.

Janie Cangelosi, United Nations

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