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How are women recruited into terrorism?


By Kate Harveston

When we hear of terrorist groups in the news, we often only see the people directly responsible for the latest atrocity. These people, often men, have their own reasons and motives for joining these organizations. Despite what we may think, women also play a substantial role in terrorist organizations. But how are women recruited, and what part of the ideology attracts them?

Recruiting Women
We tend to see women involved with terrorist groups portrayed as victims — coerced, threatened or kidnapped and forced to join. And that’s not to say that those situations don’t happen. However, just like their male counterparts, quite a number of women join of their own free will, and their reasons are often multifaceted.

There is no exact figure on how many women are members of ISIS, though an estimated 10 percent of their Western recruits are women. As recruits, these women play many roles. Some play key roles in planning attacks, while others take a more direct approach as members of the all-female ISIS police force Khansaa Brigade.

Many women are motivated — internally or by recruiters — to join ISIS by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and to protect themselves from Syria and Iran. Some of them adhere strictly to Sharia law, and feel that legislation imposed by some nations interferes with it.

Simply put, while there are undoubtedly women forced into terrorism, many join for the same reason men do — because the group’s ideology resonates with them. A higher level of danger can often accompany these situations, as women are less likely to be suspected of criminal activity due to gendered stereotypes, so they may find it easier to “fly under the radar.”

Women’s Roles
The issue of women’s secretive presence in crime is not unique to terroristic groups. Time and time again, we see women used as bait in robbery, kidnapping and murder schemes all over the world. The roles of women in terroristic groups are often even more involved and hands-on than the “baiting” setup.

Historically, women have always played an active role in terrorism — as leaders, recruiters, followers, symbolic wives and even suicide bombers. Their roles within ISIS are similar. Take, for example, several terror attacks from 2016. In one instance, police apprehended four women affiliated with ISIS who intended to set off makeshift bombs near Notre Dame Cathedral. In Kenya, women hiding explosives under their hijabs attacked a police station.

It’s becoming evident that more and more women are willingly drawn by ISIS’s message. Some come because female recruiters have perpetuated the message that they’ll be empowered. Others join because they want to protect their family and home.

Some women even join from the UK and beyond, showing that serious change needs to happen to counterterrorism programs. These programs are usually modeled from male profiles. As a result, women have the advantage of semi-invisibility. Officials don’t see women as capable of carrying off an attack, and thus overlook a potential threat.

As the threat of ISIS grows more apparent, it’s important that we understand how the group operates and functions. Although the general consensus is that terrorist groups are dominated by males, women play an active role in nearly every aspect of operations. By understanding their roles and motivations, we will be better able to rehabilitate endangered women and weaken the organization.

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The other America

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The one that sees us as always under seige:

WINDER, Ga. —All Jim Cooley wants to do is buy some soda.

“You want to come to Walmart?” he asks his wife.

“No,” Maria says.

“Pretty please?” Jim asks.

“I’m not going to sit there and have the police called on you. I mean, I don’t want to see that crap,” Maria says, knowing what a trip to Walmart means. She knows her 51-year-old husband has two guns inside the house, and this afternoon it won’t be the 9mm, which he straps on with a round in the chamber when grabbing lunch at his favorite fast-food restaurant or visiting a friend’s auto shop. It’ll be the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, which he brings when going somewhere he thinks is dangerous, like the Atlanta airport, where he’s taken it loaded with a 100-bullet drum, or Walmart, where he thinks crowds could pose easy targets for terrorists.

In a country of relaxing gun laws where it’s now legal to open-carry in 45 states and there are 14.5 million people with carry permits, every day seems to bring a new version of what open carry can mean. In Kentucky, it’s now legal to open-carry in city buildings. In downtown Cleveland, people carried military-style rifles during the Republican National Convention. In Howell, Mich., last month, a father went openly armed to his child’s middle-school orientation. In Mississippi, it’s now legal to open-carry without a permit at all. And in Georgia, which has passed a “guns everywhere” bill and has issued nearly 1 million carry permits, Jim Cooley is staking out his version of what’s acceptable as he keeps pleading with his wife.

“I got to get soda.”

Maria sighs. She worked the night before assembling air-conditioner compressors at a nearby factory, and in a few hours, she knows she’ll have to leave for another third shift.

“Yeah,” she says, giving in. “I might as well get this travesty out of the way.”

“What travesty?”

“You carrying a big ol’ rifle in the store, scaring the hell out of all the Walmart shoppers.”

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