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Women, Gender and Daesh Radicalisation: A Milieu Approach

Elizabeth Pearson and Emily Winterbotham
RUSI Journal, 2 August 2017
Tackling Extremism, National Security and Resilience Studies, Terrorism, Europe
Men and women experience radicalisation in different ways.

In this article, Elizabeth Pearson and Emily Winterbotham explore the role of gender in radicalisation to Daesh (also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS). They discuss possible factors in female radicalisation, and how radicalisation differs between men and women. They find that the gender of the recruit affects the enabling factors, mechanisms and locations relating to radicalisation. The article challenges assertions that the recruitment of young men and women to Daesh follows identical patterns, as well as the narrative of women as innately peaceful, or as actors coerced into joining Daesh, revealing the importance of female empowerment in the group’s appeal.

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Emily Winterbotham
Senior Research Fellow

Emily is a Senior Research Fellow in the National Security and Resilience programme at RUSI focusing on extremism and radicalisation,... read more

Elizabeth Pearson
Associate Fellow

Elizabeth Pearson is an Associate Fellow at RUSI and an ESRC-funded MPhil/PhD student in Defence Studies at King’s College London. She... read more

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