‘Till Martyrdom Do Us Part’: Gender and the ISIS Phenomenon

Authored by: Erin Marie Saltman, Melanie Smith

Categories: Violent Conflict
Sub-Categories: Countering Violent Extremism, De-escalation and Preventive Diplomacy, Migration, National Security Forces and Armed Groups, Violent Extremism
Country: UK & United States
Region: Middle East and North Africa
Year: 2015
Citation: Saltman, Erin Marie, and Melanie Smith. ‘Till Martyrdom Do Us Part’ Gender and the ISIS Phenomenon. Report. May 2015.

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Executive Summary

This report explores the phenomenon of Western females traveling to Syria and Iraq in support of ISIS. It first elaborates upon the motivations for these women and girls to migrate, explores some of the diverse range of profiles that have been monitored, and clarifies the role that they are likely to encompass once arriving in ISIS-held territory. Additionally, the report aims to elucidate how current government prevention and de-radicalisation infrastructure may be adapted to deal with this trend.