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Sep 10, 2019
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Women in Terrorism

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The common argument is that the role of the women in terrorism is mostly as suicide bombers. Their roles as ideological supporters and operational facilitators are however much more important for the maintenance and operations of a terrorist organization.
Women often tend to follow a gender-specific interpretation of the radical ideology, the female Jihad. The concept of the female Jihad means that the women carry out a political act by supporting their male relatives, educating their children in the ideology and facilitate terrorist operations. This usually translates to providing household, logistical and sexual fulfillment for their male counterparts.
The female Jihad is therefore viewed as defective when the women follow the male interpretation by carrying out attacks. And while this is viewed as unorthodox by counter-terrorism practitioners, their traditional role is more impactful and dangerous. This applies to cases where their men could get arrested, die in an attack, or could get shot by the security forces.
In case of the above, the women will therefore continue to take care of the organization by continuous education to the children in the “right” beliefs, thus advancing and keeping the ideology alive. This will provide potential future ‘soldiers’ and psychophants to the cause thus keeping the organization alive.
This brings us to the conclusion that women do play an essential role in these organizations and groups. Successful counter-terrorism should be able to address both the motivation and the operational capabilities of a terrorist organization. There is therefore an essential need for security forces to expand their capabilities to look more carefully at women.

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