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The Kenyan women and girls who joined Al-Shabaab: How gender dynamics, ideology, politics influenced their choices
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The Kenyan women and girls who joined Al-Shabaab: How gender dynamics, ideology, politics influenced their choices

An examination of the political and ideological motivations behind women joining the Al-Shabaab shows that in some cases, they do make autonomous decisions based on their response to the grievances of the Muslim community. But other structural and cultural factors were at play too, such as the patriarchal set-up in families and their communities.