To fight radicalisation in Southeast Asia, empower the women
WOMEN have always been a quiet force to be reckoned with in uprisings worldwide. But, until recently, most studies focused on their roles as suicide bombers and combatants. Terrorism research is now seeing a notable shift, with analysis examining the role women play as possible instigators of violence: mothers and mother-figures who are raising the next generation of soldiers. Women as radicalisers In Southeast Asia, for example, over the past year, there has been a rise in the number of stories of women involved in planning acts of terror and declaring support for extreme religious beliefs. And Islamic State is known to actively indoctrinate women in order to nurture young holy warriors. Networks of women who pledge allegiance to the cause – whether ISIS’ or other extremist ideology – can exchange radical ideas among themselves and inculcate their children through a sustained domestic radicalisation strategy. SEE ALSO: Indonesia: Is the future of terrorism female? This suggests that terrorism prevention efforts should target...
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