The National Peace Council (NPC) has launched a project that aims to enhance the capacity of 200 women and youth in the Bono and Greater Accra regions to prevent and counter violent extremism and terrorism in the country.

The six-month project named “Preventing Violent Extremism: The Gender Perspective and Women’s Role”, would be undertaken in seven communities, in collaboration with the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI).

The beneficiaries would be drawn from Ashaiman, Madina, Mamobi, Newtown, Nima, Odododiodoo, and Techiman where there is a history of electoral violence, high population density and cosmopolitan nature, and gangsterism, streetism, vigilantism and landguard. The suburbs were chosen because of the high penetration of economic activities in the areas due to the presence of populated market centres that make them vulnerable.

The launch was held at the Coconut Grove Regency Hotel in Accra on Wednesday, 31st August, 2022.