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Al-Shabaab: Inside the Ranks of Women Fighters

This article by The East African reflects on data from the study “Violent Extremism in Kenya: Why women are a priority” in order to discuss the factors driving Kenyan women to join the Somali terrorist group Al-Shabaab, as well as the roles women play in the group. Factors such as high unemployment and poor education drive women to join Al-Shabaab, where they take on predominantly operational or supportive roles, to include recruiting, organizing terrorist acts, and providing food and shelter to male members. Though females are targeted less often than males by security agencies, women’s indirect roles are critical to the functionality of terrorist organizations. Read the full article here.

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Women’s Peacebuilding Strategies Amidst Conflict: Lessons from Myanmar and Ukraine

This study conducted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security employs literature reviews and interviews in order to better understand the nature of women’s contributions to peace processes in Ukraine and Myanmar. While both countries have adopted national plans to advance women’s participation in peace processes, women remain underrepresented in official peace processes. Women’s organizations employ a variety of strategies to further their contributions to peacebuilding initiatives, such as collaboration with international organizations, and local advocacy efforts. Read the full report here.

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Why Harmonized Teams Beat Unified Teams

In this article, executive onboarding expert George Bradt discusses the value of harmony, rather than unity, within a team. Harmonic teams value the members’ differences in skills, perspectives, and thinking, and take advantage of these differences to allow the team to function at its highest capacity. Harmonic thinking should not only be rewarded in the workplace, but should be kept central to the hiring process in order to build an effective team. Read the full article here.

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