The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has started a nationwide campaign targeting women and youth in order to promote peaceful co-existence among communities.
Speaking in Garissa town, the commission’s secretary Hassan Mohamed said that the advocacy was developed out of the realization that bringing people together in times of conflict to a talking table was difficult as compared to promoting peace among communities.
“We want to see how best we can resolve conflicts before they erupt. When a problem has occurred it becomes difficult to bring people together,” Hassan said.
He said that many communities have bestowed the responsibility of resolving conflicts on their elders living out the youth and women who bore the brunt of the conflicts.
Hassan said that women are used in campaign mobilization through songs and dance whereas the youth are armed to cause violence.
“Women play a leading role mostly during political campaigns mobilization. They are the ones who attract crowds through dance and songs. Our youth are used to throw stones when rival groups fight,” Hassan said.
He said the advocacy the NCIC has developed will bring women and youth on board so that they can better understand their role and how to avoid inter-communal conflict in future.